They’ve started early but those of us who live in Brecon and Radnorshire need to brace ourselves against the leaflet onslaught from the Liberal Democrats in advance of the by-election here later this year.
Somebody has already made a video about that party’s electoral habits:
The observations in the video are absolutely right.
Their leaflets are full of the same quotes being attributed to different people. For example: “The work that Mark Williams/Jane Dodds/Roger Williams* is doing for our area is really amazing and that’s why I’m backing him/her*” – apparently Jamie of Aberystwyth, Frank of Welshpool and Kirsty Williams AM all came up with the exact same wording to describe those three candidates – including current Lib Dem candidate for Brecon and Radnorshire, Jane Dodds.
Do you honestly believe that is credible?
They demand that supporters of other parties who might want to rid their constituency of a Tory/Labour* incumbent vote tactically for them instead, thus denying their own favourite parties the chance to build up a foothold. Genuine example: “I usually vote Conservative/Labour*, but I can’t risk Plaid/the Tories* winning this time.”
Do you think that is honourable?
And when challenged, they always – always – make it personal. This Writer has already been told that if the Tory (or, heaven forbid, the Brexit Party) gets the Brecon and Radnorshire seat it will be because I split the left vote by appealing for people to vote for the party they want, rather than the party that wants to trick them.
Do you think that is acceptable?
I don’t. For one thing, the Liberal Democrats are not a left-wing party. They are right-wingers. That’s why they found it so easy to go into coalition with the Conservatives in 2010.
It seems they don’t have any policies, unless you count “Bollocks to Brexit!” – which will play poorly in a constituency that voted ‘Leave’ in 2016. As about local issues and you get a lot of flannel about “supporting farmers” and suchlike without actually explaining how this support will be carried out.
Yet the opinion polls being touted by their supporters suggest they have managed to hoodwink around one-third of voters with this drivel.
If it really was a two-horse race, it seems that race would be between the Party of Brexit and the Party of Bullsh*t.
*delete as applicable
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I agree with all of that, Mike. But we haven’t had a Labour MP since 1979, and as someone who campaigned hard for Labour and Matthew Dorrance a few years ago, I think it’s very unlikely that Labour will make any headway.
I have to say, much as it sticks in my craw, that a tactical vote for the Libbing Dead is the only realistic option for keeping Chris Davies out. That oleaginous little crook should have got a custodial sentence, but here he is standing again.
As a sick and disabled person who has suffered under the Tory and coalition cosh for nearly 10 years, it upsets me enormously to have to say this, but I think I have to vote for the LDs. I’d be grateful for another answer!
Here’s your answer: Vote Labour. By tactically voting LD you are splitting the Labour vote and creating a false impression that the Lib Dems are more popular than they are.
Are you aware of any current Lib Dem policy other than “B*ll*cks to Brexit”?