As you’ll know if you’ve been near a telly or a radio recently, the Lib Dems are engaged in a leadership election right now. In order to let the 70,000 members who get to make the decision on who the next leader will be, we have hustings where both candidates set out their stalls, and people ask questions to check which candidate thinks the right things.
Those hustings are taking place up and down the country. There was one in Derby recently that I attended with a hundred other local Lib Dems – but there are still many more around here and in many other places up and down the country that won’t have the opportunity to quiz the hopefuls in person.
So, the party has been innovating, and finding new ways for people to quiz the contenders from the comfort of their computers. There’s a plain text forum, but more excitingly, there’s a Youtube hustings going on.
Chris Rennard made a video inviting people to film themselves asking questions of the leaderships candidates:
As I write, 14 men have videoed their contributions. (I’m assuming that the question about whether Spiderman could beat Darth Vader – with Darth allowed to use his light sabre – came from a man, but I’m open to correction.)
But no women have asked a question. Which begs a question all by itself!
PS – Spiderman vs Darth Vader – that is tough! Darth Vader has the Force, his light sabre… What does Spiderman have?!