Revealed: The Lib Dem leaflet factory?

FlickR site showing Camden Lib Dems

IS this where it all happens for Camden’s Lib Dems? Just look at the piles of paper, leaflets and envelopes, and shelves full of boxes presumably containing more leaflets. And look over there by the window: are there more piles of leaflets over there too?

The screenshot above is from photo sharing site FlickR where Lib Dem Helen Duffett has been busy here. You also can find her blog here. Her snap seems to reveal the inside of parliamentary candidate Ed Fordham’s nerve centre, the bunker where the super-orchestrated leaflet campaigns originate.

The Lib Dems have been accused in the past of bombarding letterboxes with a small wood of newsletters and fliers, beating voters into submission. One beaten by-election candidate caught by the avalanche recently said her defeat had been ‘death by a 1,000 leaflets’.

The leaflets hit the doormat come rain or shine, and at this time of year, nothing says Merry Christmas more than a card from your local politicians...

Yet as they sup wine and chew bottles of beer, washing down a few – what are they? – pistachios and a box of whole tomatoes, these guys know their highly organised door-to-door campaigns have been undeniably successful in recent years. The Lib Dems clearly get their message across on a local level and have proved virtually unbeatable in the clutch of by-elections that have followed the 2006 council elections. No wonder there are smiles all round – especially from leader Keith Moffitt on the far right of the photo.

3 Comments on Revealed: The Lib Dem leaflet factory?

  1. General Robin Hood // December 11, 2009 at 10:52 am //

    “especially from leader Keith Moffitt on the far right.”

  2. Albert Shanker // December 11, 2009 at 4:34 pm //

    There is a bit of a myth about Lib Dems in by-elections in camden. Sure, they’ve won – beyond dispute – but they’ve done so with massive support from outside the borough. Usually what happens is the collective Lib dem zealots from each borough (must be a word for that, like a “Worthy of Lib Dems” or something) get organised and swoop down to help out on each by-election in a practice known as ‘birds of a feather’ [flock together – geddit?) This gives the misleading impression that they have loads of volunteers but helps their leaflet churn significantly. Sadly in general elections they are quite thin, because there are really not that many of them – so they rarely replicate their success as ward by-elections.

  3. Who is the bloke in the T-shirt? // December 11, 2009 at 4:36 pm //

    I can pick out recognisable faces in that crowd, but who is the guy in the green t-shirt?

    Not saying it is, but it looks a bit like Alex Proud!

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