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Grant Shapps – Campaigning Expert

It is amazing, but to read blogs in Toryland or New Labour Land you would certainly gain the impression that Lib Dems were somehow behind all the dirty tricks that go on in by elections. Meanwhile Tories and NuLabbers are paragons of virtue. Well, there’s a new sheriff in town and he goes by the name of Shapps – Grant Shapps.

Earlier in the campaign, he demanded to know if it was true that Lib Dems were offering cash incentives to people to display Lib Dem posters. Now anyone who has campaigned with the Lib Dems for more than an hour will know that we just wouldn’t have the money to do something like that! Every penny in Ealing Southall goes on printed material and there are plenty of volunteers to deliver it. Even target letters are delivered by hand. £50 for a poster or £250 for a stakeboard pays for an awful lot of newspaper, leaflets or target letters. Grant Shapps clearly thought that making the accusation would cause enough mud to stick that some would believe it – after all, no evidence was ever produced.

Now, it appears Mr Shapps came up with another ruse to damage the Lib Dem campaign. Maybe it would be fun to pose as a Lib Dem, conceding that he thought that the Tory campaign would outperform the Lib Dem’s (sort of ‘reverse ramping’). Only trouble is that he slipped up, and accidentally posted his comment on YouTube whilst logged in as himself!


Tim Ireland does an excellent job of unravelling this on his ‘Bloggerheads‘ site and goes so far as to predict some excuses that Grant Shapps might come up with. Shapps excuse, which was among Tim’s predictions, is that ‘someone else was using his YouTube account’. He goes on to claim that his YouTube password was ‘1234’, which was very easy to guess.

It’s an excuse that is not washing with many people – as Catherine Tate’s ‘Nan’ character would have it: ‘what a load of old shit!’

Roger Knapman should quit

UKIP were the only British group in the European Parliament to vote against the enlargement to the EU to include Eastern European states. UKIP’s argument for this was that ‘a flood of migrants’ would come here seeking work which would be bad for our economy.

Knapman boasts about how he likes to buy British. So who do you think he has hired to carry out building work on his Devonshire mansion? It turns out that like that other arch-fruitcake, Kilroy, Knapman will take advantage of the benefits of being in the EU as and when it suits him.

Roger Knapman is employing Polish builders (able to work for him because of the enlarged EU) to carry out his work at half the cost of employing British builders.

If I was a raving Eurosceptic, and a member of UKIP (don’t worry, I’m neither) I would feel that Knapman’s position was untenable.

A message to the Darbyshires

(Apologies for posting it here, but since the Darbyshires saw fit to disable comments on their own blog, it apparently doesn’t stop them commenting on other peoples)Dear Darbyshires

I’m not sure why you felt the need to unload a whole heap of your bile on me. I think I was one of your more restrained critics. I also think you’ll find some of your harshest critics were not Lib Dems at all. My disquiet at your blog arose more from the comments you were arousing on Tory and New Labour sites – and my fear that you were bringing our party into disrepute at what was already a difficult time for us.

Since you have chosen to use my comment facility, I will not censor you (as you have done to many of us) rather, I will respond to your comments.

Actually Steve, we ARE real, but after the way we were treated on Lib Dem blogs, the sheer bitchiness of other Lib Dem members in spoofing and criticising our blog (a personal journal for family and friends) we decided to leave the Party as we figure it doesn’t deserve us or our efforts at all.

A blog is a personal journal accessible to the world. Some people will like what you’ve written and some will not. Expect some criticism. No criticism means no-one is reading. If you want to write only for family and friends – try email.

Chris Rennard is very keen to apologise to us for what we’ve experienced (and has already done so in part) but we can’t be bothered. It’s too late. You’re all nasty. I’ve thought it for a long time but since the spoof blog happened everyone else said it too, we are just way too good and way too nice for politics.

I can’t pretend to speak for Chris Rennard, however he is a wily and experienced campaigner. I’m sure he would advise you to develop a thicker skin if you want to be in politics. We are not all nasty, please don’t make generalisations. And if you were ‘way to good and way too nice’ you wouldn’t say things like:

The rest of you are scums and lowlifes and definitely not pretty!

Childish and narcissistic? What a joke! I can only assume you are jealous of the fact that we are/were NORMAL Lib Dems with happy, healthy lives and (unlike most other Lib Dems) blessed with good looks. Seriously, from the Lib Dem conferences I’ve attended we are definitely the ONLY ones.

You really must look up narcissism in a dictionary. To deny narcissism in the same paragraph in which you claim to be the only good looking attendees at conference suggests you don’t understand what the meaning of the word is.

Our friends and families wanted us to make this Party different, to finally prove that Lib Dems could actually be good looking as well as highly intelligent but we can’t be bothered wasting our time helping the pathetic group of individuals that forms the Party anymore.

Politics has very little to do with looks. The Lib Dems are a pretty normal cross-section of people, some of whom are more physically attractive than others. It’s irrelevant really.

We’re now more than happy to carry on blogging to our many family and friends and leave you geeks to carry on blogging to your sad, geeky little group of friends while we continue to attract positive media attention for having been in politics and being normal, happy, healthy and successful. We sure were the only ones from what I saw at Conferences.

I thought the New Statesman piece about you was quite positive actually. I’m amazed you complained about it – it really gets much worse if you choose to have a public life.

Incidentally there’s been a police investigation into the spoof blog so they have at last got their just desserts having now been labelled criminals.

Writing a spoof blog about someone is not a criminal offence. The spoof blog simply mimicked your writing style using ficticious characters. What offence did you complain of?

As for Simon Hughes. I thought this was actually a free country and one was free to comment on how another has treated them badly.

And so it is. I only suggested that you should withdraw one potentially libellous remark that you made about Simon – and thankfully you did.

Robin and Leah, the Lib Dems are a diverse group of people united by a common set of core values. Many of us have happy, normal relationships and I wish you well in yours. Blogging is not for everyone, and neither is politics. Both open you up to criticism from strangers. If you can’t stand the heat – you shouldn’t be in the kitchen.

Respectfully yours

Steve Guy