Friday, February 10, 2006

By-election special

Congratulations to the LibDems for winning at Dunfermline and West Fife. It goes to show that voters are nicer than those political pundits who've had so much fun because of the party's leadership woes. The great thing about by-elections is that everyone can find some comfort in them and I can trot out an anecdote.

The Tories did pathetically in Dunfermline and West Fife despite David "nice boy" Cameron's now notorious attempt to steal votes away from the LibDems with his leaflet describing himself as a 'liberal Conservative'. As the only mainstream right-of-centre party standing they must worry about what happened to their core support never mind their failure to capture the centre ground.

I remember the Orpington by-election in March 1962. This was a Great Liberal Triumph and especially memorable because their candidate had a silly name - Eric Lubbock (now Lord Avebury). This wasn't quite the start of the Great Liberal Revival however. At the next election I think they won six seats. And the vice-chairman of the Conservative Party's prediction: "we shall march on and win the next general election" turned out to be wrong in every important detail.

Having a good memory is so much fun (see also my comments about Clement Attlee on my previous post).

2 Comments:

At 23:27, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"It goes to show that voters are nicer than those political pundits who've had so much fun because of the party's leadership woes."

What rubbish. It shows nothing of the sort. The voters were annoyed by the Labour party and sort to get rid of them - the second party being the Lib Dems, were the easiest next alternative.

Look at the recent local elections. The Lib Dems have been losing wards to the Conservatives - even in Scotland. Your glee will be short lived.

 
At 09:30, Anonymous Mr Anonymous said...

Not quite sure why Lord Avebury (Eric Lubbock) is deemed to have a silly name?

 

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