Another set of elections, another set of Lib Dem lies


Passing through Hornsey the other day on the top of a number 144 bus, Hunter noticed a poster in Lynne Featherstone's office window. It read something like, 'Brian Paddick: a Policeman, not a Politician'. Having been, admittedly on and off, a paid up Lib Dem member for over a decade and is now their mayoral candidate, Paddick is most definitely a politician.

He is not, though, a Policeman. He retired from the Met over two years ago. Unlike a doctor, he cannot claim to still be copper once he's out.

But when was the truth ever allowed to get in the way of Lib Dem campaigning?

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Is that really the best attack you can come up with?

Generally people are allowed to associate themselves with their most recent careers. By profession, Brian Paddick is a policeman - just as, by profession, Boris Johnson is a bumbler.

But, of course, when was professional courtesy ever allowed to get in the way of a bad "Hunter and Shooter" attack line?

Norfolk Blogger said...

It's much like the Two Tory councillors where I live who claim every four years that they work for us all year round when we don;t see a leaflet for four years and one of them has just about the poorest attendance of any councillor I have ever come across.

Justin Hinchcliffe said...

Then shame on them!

david allen said...

I agree with anon: 'don't let's be beastly to the Libdems!' Brian Paddick isn't all bad -- he's certainly got the correct measure of Ken. Perhaps you could oblige us Hunter by re-posting them here? Bet the LibDem hacks choked on that story! Their activists put hatred of the Tories above all else and will be certain to give their 2nd preferences to Ken. But we can only hope that most ordinary Libdem voters choose boris as their 2nd preference instead.

Justin Hinchcliffe said...

David, I am sure that Brian Paddick is a nice chap - a man of integrity. Just like Lynne. People like Pack et al really do lie on their behalf and make them out to be lying opportunists.

Patriccus said...

Just as an addendum to this discussion, I attended a function last year which was attended by an unnamed former Chair of the Metropolitan Police, who seemed less than impressed by Paddick’s credentials for the job:

“Brian Paddick is a pleasant enough guy, but it often became frustrating trying to deal with his constant demand for the spotlight. We promoted him twice (in the Met), but wouldn’t have done so a third time. His colleagues both senior and junior were tearing their hair out trying to accommodate him. His endless showboating just became too much”.

Given the anecdotes recounted by the unnamed source, the impression is that many of Paddick’s former colleagues consider him a petulant and egotistical poser who alienated subordinates, and who would storm off in hissy fits when he felt that he was not given sufficient credit for his contributions to group projects.

On this evidence, maybe Paddick WOULD be the ideal successor to Leavingsoon…