Tweets on 2010-04-26

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Tweets on 2010-04-25

  • Mad phone calls from Cowley Street. Rummaging through a box of old hard drives. (Everyone's gotta box old hard drives, right?) #
  • RT @hannahnicklin "There are currently 10 seats in which candidates are all women" << shame report doesn't say which? #
  • Maybe NOTW / Ipsos Mori have got Labour and the Lib Dems confused? #
  • Blink, and another unproductive but fun hour passes. #
  • just caught myself thinking… better not wear a red t-shirt or people'd think I'd prefer the Labour party in the event of a hung parliament #
  • Lost weight this week. Really didn't deserve to. #
  • Problem with naughty weeks that lead to weight loss is it leads you to believe you can eat anything again. #
  • You think, purely hypothetically, you understand, that driving to the garage and buying 2 sausage rolls and 2 choc bars is ok. #
  • @sarabedford takeaways. No steady mealtimes. No #5aday, no breakfast. Chocolate and cake every day. Bakery items. Alcohol. #
  • Printing extra leaflets for new volunteers (@ Top Secret Lib Dem Print Cave) #
  • RT @caronmlindsay: @alexwilcock You have had such a rough time. Let's hope it's behind you now. <<< *involuntary snigger* #
  • Flickr does Banksy #
  • RT @andershanson Loads of people wave and toot their horn when they see @Paulscriven << what hand gesture are we talking about here, hein? #

  • Ordinary water biscuits have 3 more calories and actually taste of something. #
  • Author Alan Sillitoe dies << oh no! Just other day he was herding sheep over Trent Bridge #

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TV’s Gloria de Piero refuses to go on TV

News from the Ashfield constituency, where yesterday I was delivering in a street with a most unusual name.

It appears that Labour’s parachute candidate, TV’s Gloria de Piero, is so frit of her lack of local links that she has pulled out of all hustings engagements, including a piece arranged by the regional TV slot of the Daily Politics.

Gloria De Piero had previously said she would attend hustings on the BBC politics show (25th April), a chamber of commerce breakfast hustings (22nd April), a Nottingham Evening Post hustings (28th April) and Sutton-in-Ashfield churches together hustings (29th April) but has now pulled out.

Liberal Democrat spokesman Stuart Bray said

“Labour are clearly running scared in Ashfield. Geoff Hoon’s antics have caused much anger locally and people feel let down.”

“Gloria De Piero had pledged to be open and accessible to local people but at the first opportunity that local residents had to question her she has chickened out. She has caused a storm in last weeks national press by refusing to talk to the media too. With her background as a London TV presenter surely she is not camera shy? What has she got to hide?

Read more on Ashfield Lib Dems website.

Tweets on 2010-04-24

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I’m on this week’s Pod Delusion

I have a piece on this week’s Pod Delusion talking about the ins and outs of election addresses, a very specific type of leaflet the political types get to use during general and euro elections. You can hear it here.

I thought they were a top secret scary organisation of highly sceptical people, and that I’d need an invite or something before getting involved, so I was a bit nervous about approaching them with material. Turns out their lead guy is really nice and welcoming and was really happy to have stuff sent to him. So if you’ve been pondering contributing, go for it!

The other thing to record, I suppose, was that I tried to do that speaking from notes thing – plan roughly what you say, then sketch the notes out, then speak. I’m not very good at that. I prefer to write things out in full then do an almost cold-read of that. I have found – from Librivox – I’m reasonably good at putting meaning into a text on a cold read. One day, I’d love to have a go at an autocue. Mind you even if I could do that, I’d still have a face for radio!

Hopefully there’ll be another piece from me on Pod Delusion before the general election concludes on the ins and outs of how Polling Day works.

Tweets on 2010-04-23

  • I haven't done enough laundry lately and I'm running out of clean clothes #nickcleggsfault #
  • Wanna be in the sun (@ Top Secret Lib Dem Print Cave) #
  • I just became the mayor of Top Secret Lib Dem Print Cave on @foursquare! #
  • I just unlocked the "Super Mayor" badge on @foursquare! #
  • Getting to the end of a print run before noticing my artwork appears to have accidentally a word out. #
  • OMG, that's a humdinger of a question. #
  • @dr_nick it will be on iPlayer (you could even watch it live in iPlayer) in reply to dr_nick #
  • GB "I invited all these people in to help with governing Britain." Yes, and they ALL backed away when they found out what you were like. #
  • The sound keeps cutting out for a few second. Strangely, only when it's Nick speaking #nickcleggsfault #
  • Cripes – #BBCR4 is switching immediately to "how Nick Clegg won" #
  • "political reporters from the Tory-backing papers were called in one by one" #
  • 956 people have downloaded a poster. Will you be one of the ones to make it 1,000? #
  • @A_C_McGregor will pick you up tomorrow around 12/1pm if that's ok? #
  • @A_C_McGregor yup in reply to A_C_McGregor #
  • @A_C_McGregor Me'n'mate driving up to Ashfield for an afternoon for campaigning with Jason Zadrozny in reply to A_C_McGregor #
  • @A_C_McGregor no probs, see you Sun? in reply to A_C_McGregor #
  • RT @NottinghamNews Nottingham celebrates St George's Day on Friday (April 23) with a two-day programme of events #
  • Additional to what the council is organising, bellringers across Notts will be ringing at 6pm in the evening to celebrate St Georges Day #
  • Help the Guardian decide to dispence with the nosepeg this year and support the Liberal Democrats #
  • Gridlock on the streets of Arnold today, #
  • Discussing report with very encouraging news about falling sickness absence rates. (@ Notts Fire and Rescue HQ) #

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Tweets on 2010-04-22

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Surprising lines in new LD merch

So, what feels like an age past, but was in fact only 10 days ago, we brought you news of a David Heath action figure dreamed up by some whizzy PR firm.

No doubt hoping to get a second bite at the cherry, they’ve hopped on the Cleggmobile to bring out a Lib Dem leader version of the publicity stunt.

It gets top billing on this blog post at NOTW who then try to outdo themselves with Nick-based puns around all sorts of other party merchandise they’ve found. Everything from Nick Clegg sunrise sneakers to a dog vest, in case your Highland terrier agrees with Nick too.

Totes, to ties, to t-shirts – your entire wardrobe can agree with Nick.

Factoid: Clegg now more popular than Cable

Of some passing interest is this little factoid that Politics Home press released last night:

In PoliticsHome’s weekly tracker, Nick Clegg has become the most popular politician in the country

Nick Clegg’s approval rating in PoliticsHome’s weekly tracker has risen by a massive 35 points in the week following the first leaders’ debate.

He has now overtaken Vince Cable to become the most popular politician in the country.

Where to start with the interestingness? Most popular politician in the country? A mixed acolade at best. Yeah, he’s popular, but he’s still one of those awful politicians.

Risen by a massive 35 points? Yeah, OK, impressive.

But beating Cable to the top spot of most popular politician in the nation? Priceless. Does that mean us lowly party wonks in the provinces – lowly on a national scale but unaccountably dobbed “TOP LIB DEM” in the local newspaper whenever we do something unexpected – stop having to answer the question about “You know, I would ‘ave voted for the Libs, but you should really ‘ave ‘ad Twinkletoes as your leader”.

Tweets on 2010-04-21

  • @tom_geraghty oh, well – Gordon did say at the leaders debate people should be able to sue the police. in reply to tom_geraghty #
  • @thesc that's because many of those Tory leaflets were ready weeks ago in reply to thesc #

  • Yeah, Dave, that'll definitely work #
  • It is lovely when you can come away from a residents group thinking that was hilarious 🙂 #
  • Today's lovely thing from Hacked.IRL #
  • @Alexander_Ball "it could turn out quite well for the Lib Dems, if the group of Labour defectors is big enough" << give us a bell, hon 🙂 #
  • Latest YouGov/Sun has Lib Dem 34, Con 31, Lab 26 << we only need another 4% for an outright majority – easy compared to last week's +12! #
  • 1st week election donations received: Tories £1.45m, Labour £783k, LibDems £20k #GE2010 >>> put that right here: #
  • @tom_geraghty Do you, um, want a poster and membership pad? 🙂 in reply to tom_geraghty #
  • If trends continue we are going to have a parliamentary party comprising the most surprised election candidates in the history of politics. #
  • P: "I wake up every time you cough." / I haven't been coughing for long? / fx gritted teeth: "Yes. Yes you have." Who'd be a light sleeper? #
  • @jamesgraham @joswinson Poe's Law – Any satire of religious fundamentalism can be indistinguishable from real thing – #
  • Um, @bloggerheads who are the crowd in They look like concentration camp victims. #
  • @bloggerheads OK, that'll do just fine 🙂 in reply to bloggerheads #
  • @bloggerheads @beaubodor now we just need help identifying the font? 🙂 #
  • City Council website now has list of candidates for general election: #
  • #NttmN: LD, Lab, Con, BNP, UKIP
    #NttmS: LD, Lab, Con, BNP, UKIP, Green
    #NttmE: LD, Lab, Con, Christian, UKIP, Green #
  • Eating some tired old fruit. #
  • This cat castle is amazing! #
  • Have allowed myself to get very distracted today. #
  • Cough cough cough cough COUGH COUGH COUGH cough cough. #
  • Heading into Council in a suit. Last time I did this, I got roundly mocked, since I usually dress down. #

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