I am indebted to my colleague Darren Spraggs for drawing my attention to this. The Source is as stated. The ideas apply just as much to national as to local politics.
Let us consider the idea of the Lib Dems talking about trust in British politics.
On page 21 of their campaign document, Effective Opposition, produced by the Association of Liberal Democrat Councillors, it says:
“Be wicked, act shamelessly, stir endlessly.”
On page 23, it says:
“Don’t be afraid to exaggerate. For example, responses to surveys and petitions are always ‘massive’. If a council is doing something badly public expressions are always of ‘outrage’.”
And on page 4, it states:
“Positive campaigning will NOT be enough to win control of the council.”
On page 6, it says that “you can secure support from voters who normally vote Tory by being effectively anti-Labour and similarly in a Tory area secure Labour votes by being anti-Tory.”
It goes on to say:
“Oppose all service cuts … No cut is going to be popular and why court the unpopularity that goes with the responsibility of power?”
What about truth, responsibility or the welfare of the citizen? What indeed? If you vote Lib Dem, this is what you’re voting for – they say so themselves!