Speed dating with Caroline, Charlotte and Nancy

I enjoyed getting up close and personal with the three candidates at the UCU People’s Panel education speed dating event at the Friends Meeting House last night.  Well not that close, and hardly personal, but it was fascinating to see all three in action, and the intensity with which they engaged with their electorate.

It must have been quite a challenge for Ms Vere as this was not her natural territory, and there was some hostility towards the Conservatives, probably in a similar measure to that against Labour, although there was warmth towards Nancy Platts.  But the winner at events like this has to be Caroline Lucas who can always take the moral high ground. 

I am reminded of an exchange between Inspector Morse and Sergeant Lewis when the latter complains about a woman priest coming across as “holier than though”.  Morse replies, “She probably is, Lewis”.  So too with Caroline Lucas.  She has the advantage of representing a party that has not been guilty of making cuts, failing to deliver on promises, or betraying its supporters. Having said that, and having observed her quite closely, I am increasingly convinced that Ms Lucas is the genuine article.  She will make an excellent Member of Parliament.

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10 Responses

  1. Glad you enjoyed the event BPB.

    Always appreciate your feedback on the candidates “in action” as it were.

    I still can’t understand why Nancy has blocked me on Twitter. It doesn’t quite fit into what we are led to believe about her character. I guess it’s just one of those things.

  2. Sorry Baps. I need to comment on this one – I actually didn’t encounter any hostility on the evening. In fact the reverse and I was very pleasantly surprised.

    There weren’t many people in the room and we had one on one conversations, so if there was hostility towards me, it must have been very muted as I didn’t hear it.

    Ho hum.

    BTW, Should Jason Kitcat apologise for publishing untruths about me? Green ‘Clean Campaign Pledge’ indeed!

    Best wishes,

    Charlotte Vere

  3. Always amazed at the sheer neck of anyone who appears to deal exclusively in slurs, low-blows and general muck-raking (Hmm, did that BNP comparison ever get taken down?) complaining about the actions of anyone else.

    Weird. It’s almost like wallowing in mud, then boo-hoo-ing about getting dirty.

    Exciting to see over at http://voteforpolicies.org.uk/ that given the chance of voting on policy alone, from the more than 4500 people who’ve so far taken the survey, the majority would vote Green. More than double who would vote for the Cons.

    People aren’t interested in name-calling. They want policies… Green Party ones.

  4. It is interesting in Pavilion that both the latest Labour leaflet, delivered yesterday by TNT, and the latest Conservative lealfet give considerable emphasis to the Greens. This suggests that the Greens are having an effect.

    I should not be surprised if Greens win Pavlion, and Labour keeps Kemp Town and Hove.

  5. I was also at the Speed Dating event as one of the “People’s Panel”. I enjoyed speaking to Nancy, Caroline and Charlotte and the young chap representing the Lib Dems.

    My view is that Nancy came across as friendly, warm, engaging and had a good grasp of the issues. Caroline was passionate but a bit too earnest and lectured rather than listened. Charlotte was particularly impressive and accounted for her views very well (although I did not necessarily agree with them). The Lib Dem was very knowledgeable even though he was a last minute stand in for the candidate (who was out of the country).

    I did not encounter any hostility towards any of the candidates and the general consensus, of three of the “panel” that I spoke to at the end, was that Nancy would get our vote.

    As to Ms Lucas making an excellent member of parliament- I think that any of the three would make excellent members of parliament.

  6. I was also at the Speed Dating event as one of the “People’s Panel”. I enjoyed speaking to Nancy, Caroline and Charlotte and the young chap representing the Lib Dems.
    My view is that Nancy came across as friendly, warm, engaging and had a good grasp of the issues. Caroline was passionate but a bit too earnest and lectured rather than listened. Charlotte was particularly impressive and accounted for her views very well (although I did not necessarily agree with them). The Lib Dem was very knowledgeable even though he was a last minute stand in for the candidate (who was out of the country).
    I did not encounter any hostility towards any of the candidates and the general consensus, of three of the “panel” that I spoke to at the end, was that Nancy would get our vote.
    As to Ms Lucas making an excellent member of parliament- I think that any of the three would make excellent members of parliament.

  7. Agree BPB, Caroline Lucas is the best of the three main candidates – as a Green suppoprter I would incline to Caroline anyway and her qualities make this choice easier, however the flaws and failings in the other two would make it hard to consider them even if this weren’t the case.

    The biggest problem with Nancy Platts – an otherwise capable, engaging and hard working canditate – has been mentioned here before : that she opposes significant elements of the labour party programme even to the extent of openly protesting against them, and would probably be much happier as a Green Party candidate.

    Charlotte Vere I would see as by far the least attractive candidate – a judgement made from seeing her in action as well as following her comments here, on Twitter and on her own blog.
    The tory poster campaign of the last general “are you thinking what we’re thinking” (nudge nudge) was widely derided and identified as ‘dog whistle’ politics, however this spirit of campaigning continues under Ms Vere. Her strategy – for instance – of retweeting views which she could not “publicly” subscribe to and shunning any responsibility for the retweets is ‘dog whistle’ politics and I do not feel is very honest, and contributes to the overall negativity of her campaign so far, making her – in my view – completely unsuitable for the role of MP.

  8. Just wondered why my comment has not appeared yet?

    Do you want me to resubmit?

  9. I wonder if Charlotte Vere, who didn’t take down the BNP comparison and recently tweeted that all Muslims were homophobic, will be the first PPC whose campaign has been undone because of her inability to use new media? She makes stupid comments here, on her own blog, on Twitter. National Tory swing, and yet she can’t get elected in a town where the council is run by Tories.

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