The funny thing right now is watching reporters squirming for an explanation of the Clegg bounce, when it’s the BBC editors who need to be hauled up in front of the cameras.
What a coincidence that the first time that Nick Clegg is given an equal platform, not filtered through either the press or the broadcast media and his words resonate with the public.
I spent yesterday canvassing and I never dodge supposedly ‘difficult’ issues for the Lib Dems like the EU or immigration because they are not difficult. I spoke to one man who brought up immigration as a reason not to vote Lib Dem. After only 2 minutes both he and his wife were definite Lib Dem voters. The British people aren’t stupid. When they hear our policies, and more importantly why we they are what they are, they like them.
But that's not news. In 2008 Newsnight did an item using a sample of "don't know" voters on their reactions to the leaders. The sample started with a “Who’s Nick” opinion for the Lib Dems. It finished with him as the most popular leader with the voters in the panel. Why? Because when they heard what he had to say, they liked it. The trouble is that it doesn't fit in with journalism by numbers that mascarades as news today so brilliantly exposed by local boy Charlie Brooker's Newswipe.
Whilst the newspaper media have an excuse being owned in the most part by either Conservative supporters or cynical opportunists like Rupert Murdoch the BBC has no excuse. Just look at the balance of Question Time panels since the start of the year, were quite often for weeks in a row there has been no Lib Dem.
The BBC's current mode du jour for adversarial reporting where you wheel in the Labour guy or gal, then the Tory guy (invariably) to attack him or her doesn’t leave room for any other opinion, yet in most cases the real facts are that by and large the Labour and Tory positions are not normally that far apart and the real opposition is the Lib Dems.
And if you want a reason why Nick did so well, for the last two years he has been travelling around the country holding open public meetings where anyone can turn up and ask any question. David Cameron on the other hand ‘appears’ to do the same, but hand-picks the audience and questions. Gordon Brown prefers to conduct Stalinist rallies. Get them off their pre-prepared briefing and Cameron and Brown flop about.
Now that they have been found out, their only tactic left is scaremongering which I expect to be the only message from them both from now on. Vote Lib Dem, you’ll get Tory, or vote Lib Dem you’ll get Labour. There is now a much simpler version for the door steps. Vote Lib Dem, you’ll get Lib Dem. As Nick Clegg said at our spring conference, we’re the only political party left in this country. The other two are just slick marketing machines. It’s just been a shame watching the BBC of all organisations implicated in a huge telemarketing scam on the British people.
Lib Dems have known for a long time that if all the people who had voted or thought of voting Lib Dem and would if they thought we could win did, we would win. It is now my job to ensure that that happens.
The other two parties just don't get it. The public are sick of the sight of them.