Have you seen this man?

April 23, 2012 3:39 pm

It’s 10 days until the local elections, and you’d be justified in asking – where’s Nick Clegg? Have you seen him?

You probably won’t find him on many Lib Dem leaflets.

Particularly remarkable is this leaflet from Clegg’s own constituency of Sheffield Hallam:

Lib Dem leaflets attacking Labour on the cuts and suggesting that a Labour candidate has “gone missing” whilst hiding the DPM who is their own MP? They’ve got chutzpah - it’s almost as brazen as the classic “Clegg delivers on promises”.

Those aren’t the only Clegg-cleansed leaflets though. There’s this one and this one (in a fetching red). This one doesn’t even have the Lib Dem logo. And that’s just for starters. We didn’t have to look very hard. And did you spot the pattern?

They’re all from Clegg’s city of Sheffield.

You can really feel the local pride can’t you?

If you’re getting leaflets from undercover Lib Dems, or seeing Lib Dem leaflets curiously lacking in Nick Clegg, send them to us, and we’ll post the best examples. He can dodge the leaflets, but he can’t dodge the judgement of the electorate.

  • http://twitter.com/matt_j_little Matthew Little

     He was on the Sunday Politics yesterday…

  • http://howtoplayblog.co.uk/ Patrick Rose

    The lack of party logo on there suggests that perhaps it isn’t a real leaflet.

    • treborc1

       I had one  pushed through my letter box it took me five minutes to  see next to the candidates name was Lib Dem, seems they do not use the logo on local literature.

      If you look on the net you will see a lot like this without the logo

      • http://howtoplayblog.co.uk/ Patrick Rose

        I’ve had another look. The bastards have put the required info on the fold where you can’t read it, making it official.
        You think you’re pissed off, I’m a member of the bloody party. I’m furious my money’s been spent on that.
        ——–
        Regards
        Patrick Rose
        General Editor
        http://www.howtoplayblog.co.uk

        • Peter Barnard

          @ Patrick Rose,

          An imprint is a legal requirement on election literature only and election literature, by definition, is literature distributed during an election period ; that period begins on the day that the election is called.

          Looking at the LD Focus literature, it says “March,” so that if it was delivered before the election was called, an imprint (“printed by/promoted by/published by ..on behalf of X”) is not required.

          I could not possibly comment on your “value for money” remark …

  • Harry Matthews

    If there is no imprint, it ain’t official. Is that the whole leaflet?

  • http://twitter.com/mikeysmith Mikey Smith

    The “imprint” is in tiny letters, on the fold of the leaflet. Took me about 10 minutes to work out which candidate it was on behalf of (Rob Frost, LD candidate for Crookes Ward). And the words Liberal and Democrats appear nowhere.

  • aracataca

    ‘A man without integrity is worthless’ -Mark Twain.

    • treborc1

      This is a better Mark Twain.

      I am said to be a revolutionist in my sympathies, by birth, by breeding
      and by principle. I am always on the side of the revolutionists, because
      there never was a revolution unless there were some oppressive and
      intolerable conditions against which to revolute.

  • Chris

    Typical of a party that has nothing to say, because  they say one thing and then they do the opposite, the Lib Dems are now more toxic than the Tories, are they are more nasty when in a hole and are they in a hole!

  • Jim_Watford

    This is how they operate, they’re a bunch of shysters who treat the electorate like fools. Locally the Tory run county council decided to have the street lights switched off late at night, we had the usual excuses about savings and the environment. When asked by the local paper for her views, our Lib Dem town mayor said she supported the idea, again using the same savings and environmental rhetoric. Not only this but she also came out with an absolute gem, she said no one need worry about safety because decent people were at home in bed at that late hour, obviously nurses and the like working shifts don’t count as decent people. 

    Anyway wind forward to now and all of a sudden the local Lib Dems are against the idea, hardly surprising given the schemes unpopularity. Have the Lib Dems admitted to getting it wrong? hell no, they’re blaming the Labour party for a policy enacted by a Tory county council and supported by local Lib Dems. This is only one example of the lies and hypocrisy we get week in and week out from the Lib Dems here in sunny Watford. 

  • Guest

    I’ll give you a prize if anyone can spot neighbouring MP and Labour Leader Ed Miliband on any Sheffield Labour leaflets.

  • Ianr Stewart

    Last week in Brixton, we were leafletting the Tube station for Labour when one Tory turned up to do his thing. His leaflets were a fetching black and red – not really the colour you expect Tories to use…
    Still, got to admire his commitment, bet he drew the short straw… 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Homfray/510980099 Mike Homfray

    Quite typical of Hocus Focus.

    However, local election leaflets really ought to be about local issues!

  • ThePurpleBooker

    They did that in Brent. I mean it is sickening.

  • Jack Lynch

    I take then that every single Labour election leaflet will have many, many pictures of Ed Milliband right?

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