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The Presidential ballot

I've seen a couple of other people post on how and why they are voting in the Lib Dems' presidential election (including one rather amusing locked entry about why the whole lot is going into the recycling bin).

I decided back in July that I was voting for Ros Scott. Her manifesto is blessed with superlative endorsements - Ashdown, Williams, Cable - but I think if she was campaigning on that alone it might not do the trick; there are very few specifics about what she would do to make the party different. But the fact is that I know what she intends to do, because she has told me; she has, she claims, spoken to 3,000 members in the last 18 months (certainly including me), and in any case her website does have a few more specifics. So my vote is safely going to her.

That left the choice of putting my second preference for Lembit or the unknown young bloke, or not using it at all. There are two very specific things I don't like in Lembit's manifesto, and which I think will put off uncommitted voters: the peculiar phrases: "primary colours, not pastel shades" and "support our leader and never compete with his role". It's not at all clear who is being attacked for either using pastel shades or competing with Nick Clegg, and it just sounds a bit weird.

However, Chandila Fernando's manifesto is enough to let me give Lembit my second preference. Fernando is clearly a bright guy, but you basically need someone in the role of party president who has some experience of how the party ticks from the inside. Fernando doesn't mention any actual experience in the party other than being a "seasoned campaigner" (I've heard that he was a Conservative until recently, and while I wouldn't hold this per se against him, it would explain why he hasn't many Luib Dem credentials on his CV). Lembit is charmingly eccentric but does in the end have a clue; Chandila doesn't quite manage to score on the clue scale, so he goes third on my list.

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nwhyte
Oct. 17th, 2008 06:57 am (UTC)
So he's a former proctologist, and you're a practicing one?

...I'll get me coat.
getawaywithit
Oct. 16th, 2008 09:39 pm (UTC)
I voted the same as you, not that I think my second preference will come into play. I've been very impressed seeing what Ros does in my region, and I still know a few people in Wales who aren't that impressed by Lembit. As for Chandila Fernando, there's way too much marketing speak in his manifesto - if anyone can tell me what 'a solutions based expert in eliminating the causes of trouble' actually means, for instance.
burkesworks
Oct. 16th, 2008 10:58 pm (UTC)
I voted Fernando 2 and Lembit 3 (Ros's first preference was in the bag months ago), and the reason I did so was a) to help stop Lembit and b) I'm not too worried about Fernando's dubious past working for Michael Howard, chiefly because Fernando, unlike Lembit, hasn't a hope in hell of winning.

Had "re-open nomination" been on the ticket a la the good old days of Usenet, I'd have probably put it second behind Ros.
minny
Oct. 18th, 2008 07:57 pm (UTC)
"primary colours, not pastel shades" = supposedly people often claim they don't know what the Lib Dems stand for

"support our leader and never compete with his role" = Lembit is probably the most high profile Lib Dem (he's the one who was dating the Cheeky Girl, right?) so I guess he's talking about himself!

I don't know anything about Lib Dem politics but that's my take!
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