Hames Homes Hypocrisy

LibDem Duncan Hames got down and dirty in 2010, blasting his Tory opponent for being “a Devon farmer who splits his time between his three homes, leaving him out of touch with local people”. Five years on and the MP defending a perilous 2,000 majority has done rather well for himself during his time in parliament.

Hames declares on his Statement of Persons Nominated that he lives at an address in Holt, in his Chippenham constituency.

His wife, fellow LibDem MP Jo Swinson, discloses on her election forms that she lives in Bearsden, in her East Dumbartonshire constituency. Mr and Mrs Hames either live separate lives or must be spending time at each other’s ‘main’ homes.

Swinson also claims on expenses for another property in London, where they live together during the week.

Five years after attacking his opponent for the very same thing, Hames is now: “Splitting his time between his three homes, leaving him out of touch with local people…”

LibDem Women’s Manifesto

It’s a parody…

Economist Backs Tory-Led Coalition

“Mr Miliband believes that living standards are squeezed because markets are rigged—and that the government can step in to fix them. He would freeze prices while “reviewing” energy markets, clamp down on the most flexible “zero-hour” labour contracts and limit rent rises. Along with this suspicion of private markets is an aversion to competition in the public sector, leading to proposals for, say, a cap on profit margins when private companies contract to provide services for the NHS.

Mr Miliband is fond of comparing his progressivism to that of Teddy Roosevelt, America’s trustbusting president. But the comparison is false. Rather than using the state to boost competition, Mr Miliband wants a heavier state hand in markets—which betrays an ill-founded faith in the ingenuity and wisdom of government. Even a brief, limited intervention can cast a lasting pall over investment and enterprise—witness the 75% income-tax rate of France’s president, François Hollande. The danger is all the greater because a Labour government looks fated to depend on the SNP, which leans strongly to the left.

On May 7th voters must weigh the certainty of economic damage under Labour against the possibility of a costly EU exit under the Tories. With Labour, the likely partnership with the SNP increases the risk. For the Tories, a coalition with the Lib Dems would reduce it. On that calculus, the best hope for Britain is with a continuation of a Conservative-led coalition. That’s why our vote is for Mr Cameron.”

Paving the way for the FT?

Balanced BBC Forget Half the Election News Today

Head over to the BBC Election hub today and you won’t you won’t see Britain’s best read newspaper backing the Tories as a featured top story, nor the fact an opinion poll from a respected pollster has the Tories leading by five points. Apparently Natalie Bennett talking about climate change is news…

Tories Deny Tapping Up LibDems Over Coalition 2.0

The Tories “unequivocally” deny making any overtures, however LibDem sources familiar with the situation say they have held informal talks with their former coalition counterparts about streamlining the departments in a second government.

One suggestion is that DCMS and BIS could be merged into one department, run by Sajid Javid. There have long been rumours that Osborne is not averse to abolishing DCMS. This would mean the media and telecoms brief – transferred away from BIS after Vince Cable’s “war on Murdoch” comments – would be brought back under the responsibility of the new Business Secretary.

The LibDems’ price for Cable’s demotion would be taking DfE. Clegg last week demanded a LibDem Education Secretary and last night declared education spending a red line in any deal. It was initially speculated that Clegg might want the job for himself, though sources suggest David Laws could be their choice for Secretary of State. The Tories insist any suggestion of any pre-election deal is “b*llocks”.  Of course if the LibDems lose the bulk of their 57 seats it all becomes immaterial… 

Masterful LibDem Graph

A LibDem leaflet from Wantage: 

Guido was commended by Royal Statistical Society at the Statistical Excellence in Journalism Awards 2014, so is in a strong position to pass judgement on such matters. Looks fine to him…

LibDems Troll Shapps

The LibDem press office are having a laugh:

Coalicious!

Paddy Ashdown Says “Bastards” 7 Times in 4 Minutes on BBC News

Via @liarpoliticians

LibDems Promise to “End Online Privacy”

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The LibDems were forced to make a swift apology yesterday after an email sent to supporters promised to “end online privacy.” Thanks for clearing that up[…] Read the rest

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Inside the Bizarre Lib Dem Manifesto Launch

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Guido headed across the river to the Lib Dem Manifesto launch held in a Battersea warehouse that has been turned into a “creative space.” It was so creative that to accuses the venue, you had to wander down a graffiti strewn brick passageway that opened up into bizarre neon nightclub.[…] Read the rest

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LibDem Manifesto In Full

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Lib Dems Come Out For SnapChat

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In an attempt to secure some much needed credibility ahead of the election, the Liberal Democrats have come out in support of teenage sexting apps such as Snapchat and WhatsApp. If by any chance they find themselves in government again, they plan to introduce a measure that will prevent the government from obstructing availability, or weakening the encryption technologies that lie at the heat of Snapchat type applications:

“individuals and families need to have confidence that their private information, photos and conversations are not vulnerable to hackers”

The measure was announced as part of the conveniently timed launch of the Lib Dems’ Digital Rights Bill which they would introduce if they are part of another coalition government.[…] Read the rest

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From Saudi to Suffolk

Most candidates try to make the most of any local links they have to the constituency in which they are running. No one can say this of David Chappell, the LibDem hopeful in Bury St Edmunds:

He’ll be hoping the voters don’t Riyadh too much into it…

H/T @DannyHackett
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First Picture of Murdered LibDem Bird

In a break with tradition – they usually shoot dogs – the LibDem battle bus has just killed a pigeon. A fitting metaphor…[…] Read the rest

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New LibDem Attack Ad: “Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word” For Ed

The LibDems try to outdo the Greens with a musical attack ad of their own.[…] Read the rest

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Ashcroft Poll: Clegg Behind in Sheffield Hallam

The LibDems have dismissed talk of Nick Clegg losing Sheffield Hallam as nonsense, but Lord Ashcroft has him trailing Labour by two points in the seat today. The rest of the LibDem battleground polling makes dire reading too. Just a snapshot…[…] Read the rest

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