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Sunday, May 11, 2008

Brian Paddick's election diary in the Mail

Today's Mail on Sunday has some interesting extracts from Brian Paddick's diary, covering his experiences as the Lib Dem candidate for Mayor of London. The poor state of the Lib Dem machine is the main focus of the article. You would have thought that the party would have been more organised for an election with a strong Proportional Representation element (in which they lost 40% of their seats), but after the recent infighting it seems that the party machine is not up to much, in London or centrally.

One day's entry did particularly catch my eye though:

31st March Major hustings with Ken and Boris at Cadogan Hall. Ken supporters vocal, Boris has a professional crowd; I am learning the hard way that Lib Dems won't say boo to a goose.

Are these the same Lib Dems we all know and love?! I've always thought that of all groups of party supporters, the Lib Dems really ought to be a bit coy about it, but I've never known them to be shy of articulating their views - even if their views are determined more by the audience than any form of beliefs.

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