February 8th, 2006

Hughes : It’s a Straight Serious Choice

Hughes gives Huhne a bitch-slapping at his manifesto launch:

The party members expected me and Menzies Campbell to contest it and they wanted to have that choice. That is the serious choice – a choice between the well known Liberal Democrats who have a track record, who are tried and tested, who have fought and won elections and campaigned up and down the country.

Chris Huhne arrived in parliamentary politics eight months ago.

Hughes added that Huhne was not “in the same league” and that his seat could be vulnerable at the next general election. Oooh!

Hughes has a poll too and, guess what, “it’s a two horse race!”

This poll, conducted for the Hughes campaign by Communicate Research on Wednesday, found that Lib Dem voters went 31% to Ming, 19% for Hughes and just 6% cent for Huhne. Note it is for voters, not members.

UPDATE : Guido has been rejected for Lib Dem membership on the grounds that Guido Fawkes is not a real name (?) and that the person who paid by credit card for Guido’s membership was not a recorded member of the SDP. Strangely he actually was in the SDP and famed for throwing a cricket ball from the outfield at the wicket to which David Owen was running during an MPs vs Youth Wing match. A SDP career shortening experience Guido was warned. It was that for different reasons, the SDP folded a couple of months later. Immediately prior to that, Guido’s membership of the Federation of Conservative Students contributed to Norman Tebbit closing that down for being too right wing. (Not something Tebbit worries about today.) Guido stopped joining political parties after two closures in a row.


  1. 1
    Anonymous says:

    Ahh so an ex member of both the Federation of Conservative Students and the SDP’s Youth Wing – Guido after that you just must be New Labour really.

  2. 2
    James says:

    Why do they never learn? The subtext of Simon’s press release is quite transparent to anyone that reads it: “I’m starting to really, really worry about Chris Huhne now”. All he’s done for weeks now is crow about meaningless polls that show that, surprise surprise, the highest profile candidates happen to be the best known amongst voters.

    At this stage, Simon’s best strategy is to ignore Huhne and gun for Campbell. He started that at the end of last week, and he should just repeat, repeat, repeat. That’s how you win (or at least avoid humiliation in) elections. Skipping around with a different message every day is how you lose.

  3. 3
    Serf says:

    Bearing in mind your track record, I would say the Lib Dems were right to refuse you membership. Within months of accepting you, the party would die.

  4. 4
    Anonymous says:

    Ahh, the FCS. So, was it you, Guido who went on the rampage with a fire-extinguisher ? And wasn’t it some FCS types who led an all-too-willing Tory conference audience in chants of “String ‘em up, string ‘em up, string ‘em up” during the Home Secretary’s speech ?
    I can remember the ‘eighties.So I clearly wasn’t there.

  5. 5
    Guido Fawkes Esq. says:

    Last time Guido went on the rampage with a fire extinguisher was some time in the mid-90s in the boardroom of Tullet and Tokyo moneybrokers at their Christmas lunch.

  6. 6
    Opus Dave Member says:

    Corporate social irresponsibility?

  7. 7
    barbara worth says:

    James, you are quite right. I imagine a number of LibDems will be attracted to Chris Hughne because he has run his leadership campaign effectively and they would like a bit of that for the party too.

    Simon Hughes has just demonstrated that will panic under pressure.

  8. 8
    Rigger Mortice says:

    If it hadn’t been for kennedy’s nouse in picking up anti tory and anti labour votes when it mattered,this contest would not appear on the radar.

    Whoever wins it, will dissappear down the very hole that Paddy Pantsdown spent most of his time as leader trying to get out of.

    The only interesting aspects of this race have been the scandal(f*** me-I’ll never have to stand there while the Lib Dems crack orange gags again) and Guido’s admittedly amusing attempts to manipulate the outcome

  9. 9
    Guido Fawkes Esq. says:

    Me manipulative? They won’t even let me join and vote. Sob, sob…

    My Money is on Ming to Win! In fact rather too much money is on Ming to win.

  10. 10
    Anonymous says:

    Hughes is so bitchy he must be gay

  11. 11
    Anonymous says:

    In the interests of accuracy I feel we should point out that although residents of Northern Ireland have the right to join Labour they do not have the right to:
    Form CLPs
    Choose candidates
    Fight elections
    Attend conferences
    Know the names of fellow members in NI

  12. 12
    Mike Wood says:

    any chance of judicial review?
    after all, if Ulstermen have a legal right to join the Labour Party…

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