miss_s_b: (Politics: Democracy)
[personal profile] miss_s_b
The game has changed, but most of the dead tree press and the BBC are still playing silly buggers despite the fact that on Thursday night Nick Clegg threw a six. Another YouGov poll has us is first place today. This is not an isolated blip any more. This is a sustained pattern. The Tory media outlets are shitting themselves.

The Tories are in meltdown, terrified that we might actually get STV in and they'll never see an outright majority again. Labour are boasting that even if they come third in the polls UNS still gives them the most seats like it's something to be proud of. Lots of media outlets are attacking us, and even the beeb is repeating the old vote Lib Dem, get Labour/Tories canard, even though the VoxPop on the Today programme is telling them that the electorate are seriously considering us.

How about this?

Vote Lib Dem, get Lib Dem.
Vote for change, get change.
Vote to totally shake up this country's cosy political system, get a new political system.

It's been a truism for years that if everyone who leaned Lib Dem actually voted Lib Dem then we'd win. This time it might actually happen. Nick Clegg's conference speech is starting to look less like mad posturing, and more like prescience. Imagine Vince Cable as chancellor. Imagine Lynne Featherstone doing Harriet Harman's job. Imagine David Laws in charge of education. Imagine a science department under Evan frigging Harris. Awesome, isn't it?

James Graham had a fantastic article in Comment is Free this weekend:
What is needed at this stage is not nuanced psephological arguments but a clear, disruptive, brutal message: vote Liberal Democrat and change the system.

When my computer starts doing odd things, I don't spend hours faffing about trying to debug the operating system. I hit the reset button. When my phone jams, I hit the reset button.

Courtesy of Nick Clegg's phenomenal performance this week, a vote for the Liberal Democrats has just become the equivalent of a bloody great big reset button. You can either press that button on 6 May or sit there in your respective comfort zones complaining about nobody has any real power to change things. It really is up to you now.
World? The time has come to push the button.

Vote Clegg ditch Brown!

Date: Monday, April 19th, 2010 10:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] crustofthegrouch.blogspot.com
That is spot on, the Lib Dems really need to counter these attacks of "vote Clegg get Brown" etc from the other parties. What makes that message all the better is, it's positive, parliament is seen as out of touch and a lot of people are angry. What better than to say to voters - change the system through the ballot box. That would be amazing. :)

Lib Dem Europe policy is the unknown factor here though, as it may polarize people, the EU does tend to do that. The next debate is international affairs. If anything is to burst that bubble the EU will.



Date: Monday, April 19th, 2010 10:59 am (UTC)
sashajwolf: photo of Blake with text: "reality is a dangerous concept" (Default)
From: [personal profile] sashajwolf
Heh. I was half expecting that link to go to a screenshot of the "Protest" button from The Beast Below (although that's actually quite an unpalatable option and the real message of the episode seems to be not to choose either of the buttons.)

Date: Monday, April 19th, 2010 12:24 pm (UTC)
moriarty: (LD ; Nothing will clip my wings)
From: [personal profile] moriarty
It greatly amuses me that us Lib Demmers are getting a load of backlash from Torynewspapers/politicians/bloggers/whatevs. Because that means they're scared shitless of us.

:'D

Date: Monday, April 19th, 2010 12:30 pm (UTC)
moriarty: (Jindai + Heath / Are Pissssed)
From: [personal profile] moriarty
I love how Cameron is claiming that once Clegg's policies come "under scrutiny", they will all fall apart. This from the guy whose major plan is "cut the deficit by making everyone unemployed".

Date: Monday, April 19th, 2010 12:35 pm (UTC)
moriarty: (Default)
From: [personal profile] moriarty
Which station is this? I'm currently blasting my eardrums out with the Heroes of Might & Magic III OST; I should tune in instead. :x

Date: Monday, April 19th, 2010 12:38 pm (UTC)
moriarty: (ELEVEN a little bit of troughton)
From: [personal profile] moriarty
Thankee.

Labservative aren't really the sort of people to acknowledge statistical data really though are they? xD

Date: Monday, April 19th, 2010 12:42 pm (UTC)
moriarty: (PARIAH you make my head hurt)
From: [personal profile] moriarty
Yeah, I heard that. Apparently they can't use dictionaries effectively, either.

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