Interestingly, Ming pointed out that the then-elections chief Lord Razzall was in constant talks with Labour regarding our targeting strategy and how we might both target the Conservatives. Although I’m not surprised, I have to say it is the first I’ve heard of this. It feels a little uncomfortable to learn that we were in strategic discussions with the war-mongers, but then the Tories were wannabe war-mongers and were running under the most rightwing manifesto in recent memory (written by David Cameron, lest we forget). Either way, if our strategy was to work with Labour to maximise the marginal Lib-Con seats that we won, it was a pretty poor one. Most of our significant gains were against Labour. I’m sure Labour supporters in places such as, say, Manchester Withington, will be delighted to learn that their defeat was pre-arranged with their own party).So there we have it. Many of us had suspected this was happening, but until now we had no proof. And don't fool yourselves into thinking it won't happen this time. Ming will do all he can to prove his worth to Gordon Brown in the hope of some sort of power sharing deal afterwards. Nick Clegg and the other Ornage Bookers may not like it, but the truth is, they may not even know about it.
Monday, September 17, 2007
Official: LibDems & Labour in Seats Carve-Up
Someone emailed me this morning asking why I wasn't in Brighton covering the LibDems. Hmmmm. Lake Como or Brighton. Difficult choice to make, eh? I'm typing this in a break at a political communications seminar I am speaking at for the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung. They have a villa in Cadenabbia, overlooking Lake Como and the beautiful village of Bellagio. This really is one of the most heavenly places on earth. Anyway, I have indeed been following the LibDem conference from afar and have noted the interview Ming Campbell gave to several bloggers. You can read the full story on James Graham's blog, but this paragraph leapt out at me...