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- he's a gut liberal. More than that: he's a heart and soul liberal.
- he's a passionate and inspirational speaker, and we need passion and inspiration right now.
- he recognises his fallibility and owns his mistakes.
- he seeks advice on subjects he is not expert in rather than bluffing.
- I have seen him change and learn; every time I have seen this happen he has been consistently, instinctively Liberal about how he applies new information.
- he knows how the party works both structurally and culturally, and his time as president shows how well he connects with the wider membership.
- he upsets the Daily Express.
- he supports a Yorkshire parliament (as does Norman to be fair).

At the beginning of all this I was determined to stay neutral, and weigh things up as the campaign went on, and give each candidate a fair hearing... I like Norman Lamb, I really do. His work on mental health in particular has real personal value to me. BUT he doesn't have some of the qualities that I think our leader needs right now. Don't get me wrong, whoever wins we will have a capable leader whom I will support; but right now I think it's Time For Tim.

Date: Friday, May 22nd, 2015 10:43 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] pseudomonas
Also, and sadly, I think that we can't move forwards with a leader who voted with the Coalition as much as any minister (even an excellent minister) was compelled to.

From Andrew (DW's openID still borked)

Date: Friday, May 22nd, 2015 11:13 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Agreed with all this. Both candidates are pretty good, both are flawed in different ways, I'd be content with either as leader, but I think that Tim is very obviously the better leader for the reasons you give.
He's not the perfect candidate, but we don't have a single perfect MP. But he's very, very good.

Date: Friday, May 22nd, 2015 04:06 pm (UTC)
doccy: (Common Sense Tingling)
From: [personal profile] doccy
And I have to say it, because I'm too enfeebled to resist punnage: From the opinions I've been seeing online, this leadership contest may end up as a Tim Time Slam.

...I'm sorry. I'm so, so sorry.

Date: Friday, May 22nd, 2015 04:19 pm (UTC)
doccy: (Default)
From: [personal profile] doccy
I have had ENOUGH of these slick campaign videos! Sure, it highlights his best features as leader of the Lib Dems, but I'm sure the money wasted on videos like this, praising Mr Farron, could be better spent elsewhere.

...this should totally be the rallying call...

Date: Saturday, May 23rd, 2015 06:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zoeimogen.livejournal.com
I think it's a pretty foregone conclusion for Tim, unless Norman can reach the grassroots in time. Tim has spent a long time talking to everyone - he's even canvassed in my ward - whereas Norman has been busy being a minister.

I would like to write something positive about Tim on LGBT+ stuff, but I can't do it usefully without being negative about Norman and I'm not sure I want the campaign to go that way.

Date: Sunday, May 31st, 2015 02:27 pm (UTC)
mcgillianaire: (South Park Me)
From: [personal profile] mcgillianaire
BUT he doesn't have some of the qualities that I think our leader needs right now

Curious what some of those qualities are.

From the little I know about both, I think I'm more of a Lambite, but there seems so little mainstream coverage of either candidate post-election.

Date: Sunday, May 31st, 2015 03:12 pm (UTC)
mcgillianaire: (Default)
From: [personal profile] mcgillianaire
Agree on both points. All other things equal, whose policies would you sway towards?

Date: Sunday, May 31st, 2015 03:26 pm (UTC)
mcgillianaire: (Default)
From: [personal profile] mcgillianaire
but I don't think either is even approaching as far left as me.


I'll need to look-up Tim's housing ideas. Agreed on Norman and mental health. I also think he would've made a fine health secretary. I was really impressed with what he said on Newsnight just before the election, particularly in contrast to Burnham (and to some extent, Hunt).

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