Posted by: John | December 1, 2007

Hand-in-Hand campaigning

The main theme of the leadership campaign (and a reason why I think the turnout is low) is because many members who are torn between Clegg and Huhne who would normally not think twice about voting for Huhne are seriously thinking that the Party needs a fresh direction.

Their hearts say Huhne but their heads says Clegg.

Do they want 100% of what they perceive to be on offer with Huhne and take a gamble on not reaching out or 95% of what they want and go further. In their heart of hearts they know that the future lies in Clegg as Leader, Cable as deputy and Huhne in Environment with Teather, Swinson, Kramer, Laws, Lamb etc bringing up the rear.

This is to do with pushing a team of the brilliant led by a man who can not only communicate to ordinary people but also lead a new `ism` that will appeal to core vote, soft labour, soft cons and the independents and non-voters hungry for change.

As I say to these people `what’s stopping you from doing it? Take a chance with Nick and just get that ballot in the letterbox`.

We need someone who’ll speak directly to ordinary people so that if they are not of our way of thinking can be persuaded to walk hand-in-hand with us to the next stage of the journey. We can’t be telling people where they SHOULD be and saying `meet us where we are or don’t come at all`.

Time is marching on – politics is urgent.

Let’s get cracking!

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  1. That is the single most convincing pro-Nick post I have read this campaign. Hm-hm. I think I’ll just chew it over another twenty-four hours…

  2. Clegg might indeed end up elected leader but it will be a more a Huhne loss than a Clegg win. It is also rumored that Clegg will not have a place on the front bench for Huhne (or for that matter, Kennedy). Perhaps Huhne will join Kennedy on Clegg’s so called ‘committee of graybeards’.

    For some many who appreciate Huhne’s experience and clarity, his small majority is a concern together with a vision of him standing infront of the MP’s in the commons to jeers of “look out behind you”.

    We have to hope Clegg will grow in the job.

  3. I don’t disagree with your logic in saying.
    “This is to do with pushing a team of the brilliant led by a man who can not only communicate to ordinary people but also lead a new `ism` that will appeal to core vote, soft labour, soft cons and the independents and non-voters hungry for change”
    But in my recent experience adter seeing three hustings and watching one candidates with non-Lib Dems, I have to say Chris Huhne is the Leader in waiting who will achieve what you want, Chris has the advanatge of being able to present himsef as a political ‘outsider’, whereas Clegg just comes over as yet another Wetminster politician full of the usual faux sincerity, ie. just like Blair and Cameron.

  4. The Parliamentarians in both Houses (& MEP’s) should never have allowed Ming to feel obliged to go. I returned the begging letter from Chris Rennard saying that they should pay for this wholly unnecessary election.


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