Tuesday, 21 October 2008

The questions Lembit DOESN'T have to answer

James Graham's anti-Lembit crusade is becoming a bit silly.

So you don't think he is the best person to become Lib Dem President. Ok - your opinion.

So you want to write (occasionally) amusing stories on the ineptness of the start of his campaign. Once again, fair enough.

But it is perhaps a little over the top to castigate the man for failing to answer your questions.

First - the questions aren't exactly neutrally phrased. And Lembit could probably expect that the answers would be brutally fisked. Solution - don't offer up ammunition.

Second - you have shown you're not entirely pro Lembit. You don't have to be, of course, but I can think of far better things for Team Lembit to do with their time than spend it answering your questions.

I'm not on anyone's campaign team and haven't publicly declared who I have voted for (and I won't). I happen the think that any of the three candidates could offer something positive. I'm not really in a position to bemoan negative campaigning, but I do get a ittle hacked off with a blog which is becoming more hatchet job than anything else as regards the Presidential election.


Bernard Salmon said...

Of course Lembit doesn't HAVE to answer James's questions. However, if he really wants to engage with people in the party, even if they are critical, it might be in his interest to do so. James's blog is very widely read, so he would be reaching a fair number of members, not all of whom will have decided which way to vote.

James Graham (Quaequam Blog!) said...

I don't require him to answer them per se. I do require him to explain why he is suggesting that asking them amounts to taking part in a smear campaign.

But are you seriously suggesting that his record as Welsh Party Leader is not relevant in this campaign in particular with regard to his claims to be offering a popular style of campaigning? Or that his failure to launch his campaign suggests a lack of organisational nous?

Alex said...

From what I've read, Lembit hasn't suggested that your questions are the smear campaign (or even part of it).
Lembit's record as Welsh Party Leader, and indeed the whole of the rest of his public life, are fair play for discussion and debate. All I was doing was suggesting that expecting Lembit to answer the questions you have asked (particularly because of the way that you have asked them) is perhaps asking too much. Team Lembit has far better things to do than to answer hostile questions from people who are highly unlikely to ever support him. If the questions were more open and came from someone who at least appeared not to have made up their mind already (at least as regards Lembit) then there would be a better chance of getting them answered.

James Graham (Quaequam Blog!) said...

Team Lembit are ramping up the rhetoric about "negative campaigning" and "smears" without defining what they regard to be negative campaigning and smears. This is itself a smear.

I think I have every right to challenge him on that fact, and to broadcast his evasiveness.

He may well have better things to do than answer my questions. But as someone who has never been in any doubt that he has a real chance of winning, and who doesn't wish to see that happen, spending a few minutes every day exposing his vulnerability on a handful of key issues looks like a worthwhile investment to me.