Monday, April 25, 2011

Farron gets his devolution goggles on - a mass party e-mail that works

You might remember a couple of weeks ago that I had a major strop with whoever it is in London who sends out these mass party e-mails for sending Scottish members one from Nick which contained no Scottish election messages whatsoever.

Well, it seems that somebody has been listening to me. Step forward Party President Tim Farron.

He sent out an e-mail last week which was much better. I'd maybe have improved it slightly by adding in a link to the Save Our Police Facebook page as well but I'm happy with what's gone out. It's clearly AV focussed, but at least it acknowledges that we have a campaign going on up here. And that Scottish election will, I suspect, bring a massive turnout for the Yes campaign with it.

Take a look at Tim's e-mail.

Dear Caron,

We're in the last stretch now - we have less than two weeks to go to May 5th, but it's never been so important to get out there and get campaigning with even more energy, for the important Scottish Parliamentary elections and for Fairer Votes for Westminster.

Tavish Scott, the other 93 candidates and their teams are already campaigning flat out, in the constituencies and regions across Scotland for every Liberal Democrat vote. I was out campaigning with Jim Hume and Jeremy Purvis on a recent visit.

When David Cameron visited Scotland this week, Danny Alexander challenged him to listen to the experience of people who already use AV, as you do in local by-elections across Scotland.

He would have learnt that using the AV system is simple, straightforward, and does not cost any more.

Having heard from people that AV is as easy as 1-2-3, David Cameron should ask the 'no' campaign to stop the ridiculous scare stories. People in Scotland will not be scared or bought by the 'No' campaign - we all know that AV is a small change that will make a big difference.

Our job now is to make sure we have the plans and the people to get out the vote. Make sure you include 'YES' in all your final literature. If you need additional Lib Dem YES leaflets contact Linda Wilson at

Here are some other ideas of how you can get involved in the campaign:
Go on - keep campaigning for Fairer Votes and more MSPs for Holyrood!

Tim Farron
Party President

Not perfect - it would maybe get a 7.5 to 8 out of 10, but a definite step in the right direction. Well done to whoever sorted that out.

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