Sunday, September 07, 2008

Top Ten Signs You Are About to Defect to the Liberal Democrats

10. You keep referring to Nick Clegg as "The Cleggmeister".
9. You develop a sudden affinity with Birkenstock.
8. You think the Duckworth-Lewis method is a form of PR.
7. You think the other Iain Dale's blog is better than the real thing.
6. You think Baroness Scott is a person too.
5. The phrase "Make it Happen" brings you out in goosebumps.
4. You think that, actually, beards can be rather attractive.
3. You see nothing wrong at all in praying to the God of Rennard.
2. When you hear an MP is ill, you immediately look up his majority.
1. After a lifetime of advocating tax rises you suddenly see the virtue of tax cuts.

23 comments:

Lola said...

Re No 4 - does that mean those on women too?

jebebax said...

No.11. You haven't found a fence you couldn't sit on.

Anonymous said...

What's a tax cust

Anonymous said...

You start defending the legacy of Cyril Smith - well worth a look at recent posts on Chris Paul's blog on this subject

James Schneider said...

Iain, Its the Duckworth-Lewis method, not the other way around.

Anonymous said...

No.12. You have a permanent haunted look.

norman said...

You could add: muttering David Steel's clarion call-" go back to your constituency and prepare for government!"

Newmania said...

You develop a sudden affinity with Birkenstock.


Damn your black heart Dale .I also have a man bag but to be honest looking like a Lib Dem was not my top concern.

Jack said...

No.2 should easily be No.1

Julian H said...

As an official defector from Tory to Lib Dem, I can assure that a mere couple of those (at most) apply.

(numbers 2 and 4)

Mark Valladares said...

Iain,

Item 6 - I don't get the joke.

Explanation?

Iain Rubie Dale said...

Thanks for the plug - just a pity that I'm not having much to say on he old blog just now. That should change after/during Federal Conference.

Iain Dale said...

Mark, it's the title of her blog - Because Baronesses are People too!

Mark Valladares said...

Ah, so it isn't funny then... this was meant to be humour, wasn't it?

Iain Dale said...

Mark, I don't think I will be taking lessons from you in the sense of humour stakes...

Mark Valladares said...

Iain,

I'm a faceless bureaucrat, not a stand-up comedian, so lessons won't be forthcoming. Think of it as defending the honour of a loved one. As we've both tied the knot recently, I'm sure that you know where I'm coming from.

Congratulations, by the way...

Iain Dale said...

OMG, you didn't interpret that as an attack on Ros did you???! I am horrified if that is what either of you thought. I genuinely thought it was amusing.

I see I shall have to buy you both a drink in Bournemouth...

And congrats to you too!

Mark Valladares said...

Iain,

No, I'm not quite that paranoid (yet). I didn't 'get' the reference, so I sought clarification. Ros hasn't even seen it yet - she's on a train somewhere between Stowmarket and Southport...

I'll see you in the bar, we can swap pictures of our big days...

Julian H said...

This sounds fun. Can I join you?

Anonymous said...

You haven't yet realised that Jenny Tongue is aka Robert Fisk

Anders Hanson said...

Clearly it's only defectors then as only two of them apply to me and I've always been a Lib Dem (2 and sort of 1).

You could have added for women that suddenly you gain a liking for wearing bright yellow jackets instead of blue ones. Emma Nicholson comes to mind.

Chris Paul said...

You don't think but start saying Rochdale, or Liverpool, or even Stockport are well-run Councils.

You refuse to sign a 50,000 strog petition for "Sir" Cyril Smith "MBE" to have his honours removed and to be given a good thrashing on Drake Street.

Jo Christie-Smith said...

It's true, I do have many pair of sandals. But they all have very, very high heels!!