I'm conducting two hour long interviews today with Alan Duncan (live at 9pm tonight) and Chris Rennard (prerecorded today, shown tomorrow at 9pm), the Chief Executive of the LibDems. If you have any questions you'd like me to put to either of them, please leave them in the comments.
What was it about the Davis campaign team which put you off?
where is the city of Tyneside?
For Chris Rennard - Why do the Lib Dems say they will scrap the Council Tax in their local election literature when it is clear that this is a Government decision not one that can be taken by local councils?
How will a Tory government support and enable private enterprise in the North-East and reduce its dependance on a 60% public-sector economy?
For Chris Rennard - should political parties return any donations given by convicted criminals, where in addition the source of the donation appears to the the proceeds of crime?
For Alan Duncan - how can the Conservatives appeal to NuLab's client state of people trapped into benefit dependency and state employees, all of whom depend on, for their income a munificent chancellor and high levels of taxation.
For Chris Rennard:
Is Menzies Campbell's refusal to consider any kind of partnership with the Conservatives, and clearly stated intent to only go into a Parliamentary coalition with Labour, LibDem party policy? If so then why?
Ask Duncan to clarify how he came by his Westminster house. Is there anything wrong with using the Right to Buy legislation by paying an elderly neighbour to purchase his council house - and then having him (the neighbour) leave it to a wealthy oil trader (called A. Duncan)?
Ask him why Suzanne Lamido was kicked out of the party and whether the Lib Dems tolerate Muslim extremism.
For Chris Rennard: Is it fair to fine political parties that take donations from convicted criminals, the source of which appear to be the proceeds of crime?
For Chris Rennard: Why is it that one of your most prominent members wanted to stand for election with Conservative support?
how would i demonstrate to my viewers that these days you are more than just a big Eras?
For Chris Rennard...
In relation to the discussion at this post on my site.
Why do the Liberal Democrats continue to use campaign literature that promotes themesleves as 'the only party able to beat the incumbent' by using incorrect and non-comparable election results? Are you really saying that the LibDems are in second place across every Scottish Constituency where you are not a sitting MSP? Or Local Councillor? I consider this practice to be dishonest, and that's not the sort of political representative I want.
don't bother asking rennard anything about party policy - he wouldn't recognise it if it jumped up and bit him on the (fairly large target of a) backside.
What are the 39 steps ?
I'm a Lib Dem member and activist, it is increasingly clear that with Ming Campbell as leader we are going to take not unsubstantial losses at the next general election. Why then should I as an individual member continue to have any confidence in him? For me personally he is barely passable as a party leader and certainly does not have any of the qualities I would look for in a Prime Minister. This is a view that also finds a lot of sympathy in my local party.
Personally, I am already looking around at both Cameron and Brown but so far have seen nothing in all 3 of them that would make me rush to the poll booth.
[to Iain; feel free to edit this down, I realise its a bit of a rant]
For Chris Rennard:
When offered "seconds" have you ever said 'no'?
How can the Conservatives appeal to NuLab's client state of people trapped into benefit dependency and state employees, all of whom depend on, for their income a munificent chancellor and high levels of taxation.?
Easy, offer them £5/week for life in exchange for giving up their right to vote in elections. Bet you'd get a 90% acceptance.
Data released alongside last week's news of 3% CPI inflation showed that 6 out of 10 households now have a fixed-rate mortgage. As the rising cost of borrowing only comes into effect when these people renew their mortgages, are you worried by the potential instability of these back-loaded measures? Would a future Conservative government control inflation using the supply of money and, if so, would it use interest rates?
Iain, why are you bothering with his Lordship? Just feeding his ego ad overblown sense of self-importance.
Questions for Mr. Rennard:
Did the Liberal Democrats establish that 5th Avenue Partners conducted a business in the UK at the time that the company made a donation to the Liberal Democrats?
If so. what according to the Liberal Democrats was the turnover and what were the assets of that business?
Did any Liberal democrat officer view any accounts for the company?
Was it reasonably likely that a £2.4 million donation could have been paid out of the assets of that company?
What was the nature of the business?
Was it an active business? Did any Liberal Democrat officer visit any of the company's premises to see the business?
Was the businees of a type that requires registration (e.g. with the FSA)?
Was there any such registration in place?
My second question for Chris Rennard:
Why did the LibDems, a party that claims to pride itself on its anti racist position, fail to sanction, or even to distance themselves from, Jenny Tonge's vile statements about the acceptability of killing civilians merely because of their religion and place of birth? Why has she never been required to apologise for the considerable offense that her remarks caused?
Questions for Lord Rennard:
(1) Would you like to discuss David Alton's election expenses when you were his agent?
(2) Why did everyone who knew you at Liverpool University refer to you as "that fat crook"?
What's your main residence, fat boy?
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