Ed Vaizey is angry at the Lib Dems for their dreadful unprincipled campaigns.
Regular readers of this blog will know that I can be a bit ambivalent about Lib Dem campaign techniques myself sometimes, but one thing I won’t do is accept lectures from Labour and the Tories.
One leaflet superimposed a local newspaper report of a rape over a headline saying â€œshocking crime record of Mark Hunterâ€, the Lib Dem candidate and leader of Stockport council. His party threatened legal action. Another ran a headline â€œHunter in school cash scandalâ€, attributed to the Stockport Express, whose sister paper denounced it as a misrepresentation and attacked the Tory campaign in a front page editorial.
Over at Liberal Review, Jabez Clegg has more.
This, we are to understand, is what Ed Vaizey regards as “principled campaigning.” Coming from one of Cameron’s closest aides, we should take note.