Friday, October 19, 2007
Whitchurch By-election - Lib Dem Hold
Well you had to pull in Lib Dems from 20+ miles away just to deliver good morning leaflets to a few thousand houses.
That was just to defend a seat where you had a 2:1 advantage just a few years ago. Whitchurch used to be a very safe Lib Dem ward. Not any more.
As to "safe seats", 52% when we're at our lowest point in years in the national polls doesn't sound too bad to me.
Er No, he works in Winchester so probably drove the short distance (like yourself).
The fact that Whitchurch Lib Dems had to bring in people to do their delivering in what was a safe seat, indicates that the Branch there is very weak.
Equally presenting a narrow win, in what was a safe seat, as "an excellent result" is just plain spin. It assumes that deceiving the voters is acceptable. It is not. Being honest with voters would be a change that could help Lib Dems get back from the dead.
Some of the paper work could have been saved if the "council works delayed" story hadn't had to be followed up by a "council works not delayed" story.