Lib Dems still out of Focus!

Quite a day! Two pieces of Lib Dem literature through the letter box in one day.  Both together, to be fair!

One local one announced that three experienced local campaigners had been chosen to fight the ward I live in. This means that the chap they drafted in in 2006 has had enough after 4 years and decided to jack it in! But they don’t say so, of course. Anyway, to keep in in the family, he’s being replaced by his daughter – so that’s nice.

As usual they’re keen to stress local links and experience and suggest that (a) Labour has no chance – true, but they they take it for granted that Labour people would naturally vote Lib Dem. (b) that the Conservative candidates are unknown, though one of them ran the Star pub at Malden Rushett for years and fought the ward first in 1990 and is one of the best known people in Chessington. Ah well, if you’re going to tell a porky, tell a big one! I am really surprised though, that one of their candidates – twice Mayor, a dignified, honest man – seems to see nothing wrong in putting out such twaddle.

To read their pledges, you’d not believe that they’ve been in power for 8 years with an overall majority. They don’t point this out either.

Same old Liberal Democrats! Not a single new idea since 1989!

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About pauljohnston

Elected as Conservative councillor in Surbiton Hill, Kingston upon Thames in 1998. Re-elected 2002 and 2006. Former parliamentary candidate in Lancashire and Birmingham. Ceased to be a Councillor (temporarily?) in 2010. Active among Residents' Associations in Surbiton Hill and among residents in social housing generally. Former teacher of History at St. Brendan's College Bristol and Head of History and Politics at the London Oratory School. Worked with Sutton Trust running summer schools for sixth formers at Oxford University from 1997-2000 aiming to improve uptake of places from pupils from state schools which sent very few applicants to Oxbridge.
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