Citizens of Eastleigh: Beware!

Eastleigh by-election - who's going to win? "I don't know" says Huhne.

Eastleigh by-election – who’s going to win? “I don’t know” says Huhne.

Some of you may remember just after Christmas I wrote an article entitled “Lib Dems’ new message for the New Year: Don’t laugh – they mean it”.

Last night we had proof of it on the BBC’s Question Time.

The discussion was about Chris Huhne’s court case, abandonment of his Parliamentary seat, and the by-election that will take place as a result.

Michael Moore, representing the Liberal Democrats, vowed that his party would fight hard to retain the seat. He said the Liberal Democrats were about “building a stronger economy in a fairer society, enabling everyone to get on in life”.

Those words are taken directly from the Liberal Democrats’ new ‘party message script’, released between Christmas and the New Year, that I dismissed as “utter, utter nonsense” in the earlier article.

The fact that Mr Moore felt comfortable quoting it merely reinforces my opinion that no Liberal Democrat should ever be allowed to get a seat in Parliament with it.

Allow me to reiterate what I wrote at the time: The economy is NOT strong; society is becoming more UNfair. FEWER people are now able to get on in life. It’s complete doublespeak and they need to be challenged on it at every turn.

The Eastleigh by-election is a perfect opportunity to do so.

Humza Yousaf MSP suggested that the poll might be a good opportunity for the Scottish Nationalist Party to field its first-ever candidate south of the English border; if I wasn’t a member of the Labour Party, I’d probably be telling you to vote for such a candidate!

One thing is certain – neither the Liberal Democrats nor the Conservatives deserve to win that seat.

Personally, I think the party that mobilises the 18-24 vote will be the winner, overwhelmingly if it can also engage the senior citizens. That means the message will have to be pitched just right.

My prediction: Eastleigh is about to be overwhelmed by a torrent of verbal and literary tripe.


  1. Silver February 8, 2013 at 8:16 pm - Reply

    Interesting article on link I will provide,here is a snippet.

    Rough sleeping is up by 23 per cent in the year to Autumn 2011- the most dramatic growth since the 1990s. Recorded rough sleeping is up by 48 per cent in London.
    Homelessness acceptances up 34 per cent since bottoming out in late 2009.
    Temporary accommodation and bed and breakfast placements are both on the increase. Last week’s homelessness statistics, published too late for this report, showed that the number of families with children in B&B has risen from 740 in second quarter of 2010 when the coalition took power to 2,020 in the third quarter of 2012. The number in B&B beyond the legal limit of six weeks has quintupled from 160 to 880 over the same period.
    1.5 million concealed households involving single people and 214,00 involving couples and long parents in 2012
    An increase in the number of sharing households between 2007 and 2010 after a long-term decline
    Overcrowding affecting 670,000 households according to the latest figures.
    Homelessness resulting from the termination of assured shorthold tenancies up 156 per cent in London in the two years to 2011/12

  2. rainbowwarriorlizzie February 9, 2013 at 1:54 pm - Reply
  3. beetleypete February 12, 2013 at 1:20 pm - Reply

    Good advice on tactics Mike. i used to be a member of the Labour Party, long ago, in what many see as ‘the bad old days’. I was ‘expelled’ due to membership of Militant Tendency. I seem to recall saying a lot of things similar to those you write on your blog. Perhaps slightly less reasoned tough!

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