It’s Sunday. It’s 9am. It’s time for the best pothole photo, ever. FACT. But first, some other stuff.
2 Must-Read Blog Posts
What are other Liberal Democrat bloggers saying? Here are two posts that have caught the eye from the Liberal Democrat Blogs aggregator:
- Fraser Macpherson has the party’s latest Scottish TV broadcast
- The Futility Monster ponders how many friends we can have
Spotted any other great posts in the last day from blogs that aren’t on the aggregator? Do post up a comment sharing them with us all.
2 Big Stories
Brown ‘disingenuous over war funds’
The Press Association reports:
The head of the Armed Forces at the time of the 2003 invasion accused the Prime Minister of being “disingenuous” in saying that he provided military chiefs with everything they asked for.
While he expressed “regrets” over the failure to plan properly for the aftermath of the invasion, Mr Brown strongly rejected allegations that, as Chancellor of the Exchequer, he had failed to provide the forces with the resources they needed…
“He’s dissembling, he’s being disingenuous,” Admiral Boyce told The Times. “It’s just not the case that the Ministry of Defence was given everything it needed. There may have been a 1.5% increase in the defence budget but the MoD was starved of funds.”
Who is winning the grassroots campaign?
The British Election Study currently has a large-scale pre-election survey in the field which asks people if they have been contacted by one or more of the political parties in the last six months. Such contacts could take the form of canvassing, telephoning, leafleting, emailing, or messages via social network sites like Facebook and Twitter, the most common form being leafleting. This provides a measure of the ground war so far.
The survey shows that about a quarter of the electorate have been contacted since July 2009, and the chart shows the percentages contacted by the different political parties. It is apparent that the Conservatives are way ahead of their rivals in contacting the voters, reflecting in part the effects of the funding provided by Lord Ashcroft. Even more interesting is that the Liberal Democrats came second in the list with a contact rate of 46 per cent [to the Conservative Party’s 58%], and Labour came a poor third by contacting only 35 per cent.
Sunday Double Bonus
Ironic psephology corner: Conservative voters favour electoral reform. Should someone tell the MPs?
But more important, the best pothole photo ever. FACT.