Lib Dems hit by-election campaign trail with classic dodgy bar chart | LabourList

The Lib Dems have hit the campaign trail in the Oldham West by-election with a classic example of their most fabled vote-winning technique: the leaflet bar chart.

The party has a long history of dodgy bar charts – and the latest is one of their best ever.

Posted on Twitter by Mike Smithson, the not-so-scientific chart shows the Lib Dems second to Labour on, er, number of councillors in Oldham. Labour has 45 councillors in the town, while, the Lib Dems are indeed second, with 10.

But in May’s General Election, the party finished fourth in Oldham West and Royton, with just 3.7% of the vote – 6,598 votes behind the third placed Tories, over 7,000 behind second placed UKIP, and a whopping 22,000 behind Labour’s Michael Meacher.

Winning here?

Whining, more like.

Source: Lib Dems his by-election campaign trail with classic dodgy bar chart | LabourList

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1 thought on “Lib Dems hit by-election campaign trail with classic dodgy bar chart | LabourList

  1. casalealex

    In 2002, a secret Liberal Democrat document came to light – produced by the Association of Liberal Democrat Councillors – in which local activists were urged to “be wicked, act shamelessly, stir endlessly” in order to win elections.

    In fact, ask anyone who’s been involved in local politics and they’ll tell you Liberal Democrat activists are the most infamous for playing dirty, using underhand methods and being utterly ruthless.

    Exactly as they turned out to be nationally in their coalition with the Tories.

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