The LibDems are very much predictable in the vicious and negative style of campaigning - the sort which led their former Leader Hereward Cooke, a decent man, to apologise to council for it (background here). Yet amazingly, despite poll after poll saying people don't like negative campaigning it seems to work. I wonder, however, if they can both be negative and mislead at the same time and still get away with it?
The following is taken from the latest "Simon Wright school of negative campaigning" - just a small section but from an A3 leaflet designed to knife Labour and suggest only the LibDems can beat them here (without a word about the Greens who actually do hold the ward).
Take a look ...
You would think from this that the LibDems has valiantly tried to stop the madness of Labour spending £1.5m of taxpayers cash on a "huge vain white-elephant of a project that was doomed to failure" (words taken from my first speech on the issue ...)
Yet, no. LibDem Councillors voted FOR this money to be spent and did so every time of asking.
Every time Labour wanted more cash to throw at this project, the LibDems said YES YES YES.
Check out the roll-call of those who voted for this money to be spent and you will soon find ...
"Councillors LUBBOCK, WATKINS ..."
and most embarrassingly ...
I wonder if Simon Wright knows his wife voted for this money to be spent? (For the record, the Conservative Group have voted against spending the money on every occasion we could have).
But wait - they have a chance to redeem themselves!! In 2008 and 2009 there were budget proposals on the table to reduce the unitary spend and use the money elsewhere. Surely if they were that concerned that would have voted FOR these measures?
Nope ... all LibDem Councillors, including Ros Wright, voted against Tory plans to scale back on unitary spending.
The the U-turn is sharp, the hypocrisy is breathtaking and no wonder people are losing faith in politics.
The LibDems vote, consistently, for unitary spending and then oppose it after the project fails.
This takes the LibDem negative campaigning to a new low - because it is designed to mislead.