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Friday, February 10, 2006
Chris on QT
by Dan Falchikov

I was impressed with Chris on last week's QT, but I have been fed up at his campaign's rather precious and intrusive tactics.

It seems only reasonable when Huhne campaign supporters post obvious 'puff pieces' on the net that an alternative view should be put for balance. But it's been the most thin skinned campaign I have ever witnessed - it's OK for Chris or his supporters to make veiled attacks on the other candidates, but they wail and gnash their teeth when the other teams do the same. If you're big enough to dish it out you have to big enough to take it back.

What has also become clear over the past few days is that Chris is not a Liberal, but a Social Democrat. I do not want to see the part lead by a Scoial Democrat - the party is instinctively Liberal and the sort of technocratic mangerialism that social democracy represents will conflict with the parties best instincts and continue our policy making bias towards producer interests.
posted by Peter Pigeon @ 3:48 pm  
  • At 10 February, 2006 16:04, Blogger Simon said…

    In case you missed it, Iain Dale reports that at some stage in the past Huhne stated that:

    "Liberals are intense, grey-looking people. If you do not happen to be of their political persuasion they can be as bad a Jehovah's Witnesses. One of their advantages is that they are unlikely to be hampered by any formulated policies."

    This all very naughty - and probably was said a long time ago - but in the last few days I have begun to feel that Huhne is not a good thing.....

  • At 10 February, 2006 16:42, Blogger Jock Coats said…

    Dunno - I'd say that as a sponsor of ALTER and plurality of debate on economic fronts (and he has been referred to as a Keynesian elsehwere) he can not be anything but a liberal.

  • At 10 February, 2006 17:01, Blogger The Cat said…

    Dan - that's complete nonsense. Huhne is as Liberal as they come.

    Your rather ill-tempered post does no credit to Ming's campaign.

    Whatever happened to positive campaigning on behalf of your candidate?

    Fortunately Ming is a far better politician than some of his supporters.

  • At 10 February, 2006 17:04, Blogger Gareth said…

    Dan - are you trying to damage Ming's campaign on behalf of someone else?

    I'm very much from the Liberal and not SDP tradition, but this is just ad hominem tosh.

    Chris has amply and regularly demonstrated he is a Liberal.

    The Apollo site's make-up (close between Huhne and Ming) is not remotely reflected in the posts on this blog (largely due, it seems, to the sympathies of one or two zealous individuals).

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