Friday, January 27, 2006

Once more round the Bermondsey block

I notice the posting on Tory candidate/publisher/blogger Iain Dale’s site about Bermondsey, which unintentionally amounts to praising us with faint damnation. If the most damning evidence is a single leaflet which is not anti-gay or and does not attack Tatchell, but which is capable of a double meaning, then this is pretty thin stuff indeed. I also can’t help but be amused at the way Peter Tatchell is cited as an almost impartial source in all this as though he was a mere disinterested bystander rather than the one most likely to have an axe to grind.

The problem is that too many Lib Dems (myself included) allow ourselves to be stung by opposition criticisms of our campaigning tactics and to think that there must be some kind of case to answer. In reality 99 times out of 100 accusations about Lib Dem tactics are levelled not because they are true but because mud sticks. People will hear the general accusation but not wait around for the detailed refutation.

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