In February Liberal Democrat News published a letter from me which claimed that "what passes for politics at Prime Minister's questions and similar encounters is a huge turn-off for the ordinary voter." and made the following three suggestions for the Campaign:
- no ill thought out gimmicks
- patient exposition of our tried and tested policies
- gentle but firm exposure of the hypocrisies of the other two main parties
We Liberal Democrats have a good story to tell, of policies for which we've campaigned for decades rather than discovered in a last-minute conversion:
- genuine proportional representation by STV;
- protection of civil liberties through opposition to prolonged detention without trial and the imposition of compulsory identity cards;
- fairer taxation and a switch to greener taxes;
- reform and support of international institutions and opposition to the illegal invasion of Iraq;
- a defence policy geared to current circumstances and the discontinuation of Trident;
- empowerment of people at the lowest possible level by devolution to the nations and regions and to local government.
And what, might I ask, has happened to our constant advocacy of support for and positive engagement in the European Union.
So please, Nick Clegg, spokespersons and PPCs, sing out strongly form our positive song-sheet and leave the gimmick and petty bickering to the other two.