Nick Clegg, yesterday:
"This isn't the old politics of a two-horse race..."
The Scottish LibDem website:
In many parts of Scotland, the Liberal Democrats are the only alternative to Labour for the Westminster elections.
In these areas the Conservatives and the SNP are in a poor third or even fourth place and cannot win. Only the Liberal Democrats can deliver real change.
John Sleigh, LibDem Candidate for Aberdeen South, on a page entitled 'Two Horse Race':
Neither the Tories or the Nationalists can possibly win here. Voting for them now will only help Labour hold on in Aberdeen South. Only by voting for the Liberal Democrats can we stop Labour taking our area for granted.
Andrew Reeves, March 30th:
Finally the Conservatives in Aberdeen South have realised that the general election is a two horse race between the Labour MP and Liberal Democrat John Sleigh.
Andrew Reeves, April 3rd:
Well, David Cameron has admitted what we already know in Scotland, that the forthcoming general election is not a fight between Labour and the Conservatives, but in fact between the Liberal Democrats and Labour, who have the most Scottish MPs between them.
Andrew Reeves, today:
So, the battle on May 6th in East Lothian is between Fiona and Stuart Ritchie, the Liberal Democrat candidate as it is we who are in second place here.
So we have Nick Clegg announcing the end of a two-horse race, and Scottish LibDems, most notably Andrew Reeves, still peddling the two-horse race idea. Perhaps there is only a two-horse race when the LibDems are one of the horses.
But this is what we're used to from them - the same old hypocrisy from those charlatans of Scottish politics. The people who claim to be the only relevant challengers to Labour, despite having lost their deposits in the last three By-Elections.
The people who claim to be democrats, then refuse to support a referendum on Scotland's future, despite wanting one on, well, just about everything else.
The people who in 2005 claimed to be 'winning for students' while one of their candidates was calling for a limit on the number of student flats.
The people who claim to want transparent government, then reject an inquiry into the goings-on in Glasgow City Chambers.
The people who say they're against the Iraq War, then celebrate when the party who got us into it win By-Elections, just because they're not the SNP.
The people who say they're against ID cards, then celebrate when the party who wants to introduce them win By-Elections, just because they're not the SNP.
The people who say they're against detention without trial, then celebrate when the party who brought us 42-day detention win By-Elections, just because they're not the SNP.
The people who say they want fairer local government tax, then celebrate when the party who wants to keep the regressive Council Tax win By-Elections, just because they're not the SNP.
Well, they'd better hope that people don't realise that the LibDems are trying to con them. Far from representing a real, positive change, the LibDems are the party of chicanery, of deceit, of saying anything just so one day they can junk actual policies and just tell you to vote for them because the bar chart with the wonky scale says so.
Because when people do find out, and they inevitably will, then this is where the LibDem horse will end up:
07 April 2010
Nick Clegg, yesterday: