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Notes from the writer/LibDem parliamentary candidate for Somerton & Frome

Election Day -66: A Day Off

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Well, a day off politics that is, and actually WORKING! Because some of us PPCs still have to do a job because that’s the only way we get an income (no, you don’t get expenses just for standing for parliament, contrary to what a lot of folk think when you meet them on the doorstep).

Which is why I spent my evening in a pub in a snowy village not far from Edinburgh listening to the Rubettes and the Bay City Rollers (and eating very good food and drinking Deuchars IPA and excellent red wine).

It’s all going off regarding Ashcroft and the pre-election fizz is already so popping I can’t conceive what it’s going to be like in eight weeks time. I rather think we haven’t heard the last of it, and Westminster North may be in the spotlight.

But you know what? Maybe we haven’t got the big business backing, and maybe we’re not always the most polished of operators. But we’re sincere and we genuinely care, and we’ve got a great bunch of people working very hard for us. We’ll do it our way, we’ll do it the right way, and our time will come.


Written by markblackburn

March 1, 2010 at 11:48 pm

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  1. Dear Mark,
    Greetings from Khartoum, Sudan.
    I am enjoying my daily dose of Blackburn Roving, and wish you good luck.
    In a recent post you mentioned some advice from your grandmother (I believe), to the effect that, if we cannot say anything nice, better not to say anything at all? I’ve been thinking about that and while it perhaps holds good for personal relations, it seems to me that for any (aspiring) politician, saying not-so-nice things about people (E.G. rivals) MUST be part of the job. Their failings betray the voters, so get stuck in and win some for yourself. Grandmother might approve. As for your post above, about a trip to Scotland to earn your daily crust, I was not aware that one could get paid to listen to the Rubettes and Bay City Rollers, while drinking top beer and fine fine. As we used to say in Liverpool: Gizza job?

    Take care, take time, you’ll win.



    March 2, 2010 at 11:13 am

  2. “Westminster North may be in the spotlight.”

    Forgive my ignorance, but please can you explain why?



    March 2, 2010 at 11:21 am

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