Today’s Apt Comments

Political Betting always has great comments. Never more so than this week during the latest surge of the Lib Dems, the party favoured on the site. In case you’re too busy to read the thousand odd comments placed each day, here’s a selection, funny, informative and relevant. I find reading blog comments the quickest way to take a snapshot of political debate at ground level each day. I might do another group tomorrow if this gets any hits or response. I hadn’t realised the Lib Dem IN/OUT referendum promise was back again, for example.

1. Humour From Lib Dem Philippe Magnan

“Which is more popular: Nick Clegg or sex?”

Well, I haven’t feel a serious sexual urge since a week (which is uncanny), coze I’m surfing on the Clegg surge.
I’m hoping to attain a big Cleggasm on May the 7th.

by Philippe Magnan April 21st, 2010 at 5:53 pm

2. Clegg’s VAT On New Houses Policy From Billericay dave

Cam should ask Clegg about the VAT on new houses ? see how he squirms on that.

by billericay dave April 21st, 2010 at 6:21 pm

Link to Telegraph.

3. Lib Dem positions on Europe recounted by Richard Nabavi

39 tabman – Except they’ve dropped the policy. This is a classic LibDem Triple U-Turn:

Pre-2005: A referendum on the EU Constitution (aka Lisbon).

Post-2005: Oops, scrub that, In/Out referendum

A few months ago: Oops, scrub that, In/Out referendum no longer needed

Now, from the manifesto: The European Union has evolved significantly since the last public vote on membership over thirty years ago. Liberal Democrats therefore remain committed to an in/out referendum the next time a British government signs up for fundamental change in the relationship between the UK and the EU.

by Richard Nabavi April 21st, 2010 at 5:56 pm

replied to by Kristin –

Richard Nabavi @61

the next time a British government signs up for fundamental change in the relationship between the UK and the EU?

And the devil will be in the detail. Who defines ‘fundamental’ exactly ? I wouldn’t trust them on any referendum after their walkout on Lisbon.

Sorry guys you broke a promise.

by Kristin April 21st, 2010 at 6:03 pm

4. Weathercock Spots A Groupie

Just spotted a big yellow coach heading over Tower Bridge…

…alas, it wasn’t the Cleggmobile!

by Sandy Rentool April 21st, 2010 at 5:42 pm


by weathercock April 21st, 2010 at 5:49 pm

5. Dave B reports David Blackburn’s write up of the Chancellors debate:

“For all his presentational and political skills and his extraordinary ability to express complicated economic arguments with clarity, Cable floundered on the detail. In fact, he sank. “

Link to Spectator.

by Dave B April 21st, 2010 at 6:21 pm


6. from anonymous and dangerous

Philippe Magnan @21

The time to know when something is more rock solid is during the last week of campaigning.

Doubt if Clegg’s current surge will significantly drop for next week, but there are a LOT of undecideds out there. And if they’re still undecided after the last debate, anything can happen.

by anonymous and dangerous April 21st, 2010 at 5:46 pm

7. And one great comment from Iain Dale’s Diary –

realist said…

I heard Mr Clegg being interviewed on Radio 4 at lunchtime. He plainly sounded uneasy with some of his answers. These questions were put by the public supposedly, I can’t help feeling that he would not put up a very good argument on some policies, under agressive questioning, (Nuclear arms, immigration and Britain’s place in Europe seemed to cause him to start waffling). Am I alone or did anyone else notice.

April 21, 2010 6:11 PM

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