Tuesday 11 August 2009 4.27pm
It also makes the Lib Dems look like they're running scared ...
I dont think it does particularly.
Far be it from me to defend misleading Lib Dem barcharts (as they generally annoy me greatly) but the message they are trying to give here (through the use of a misleading barchart or otherwise) is that in the next general election only Labour or themselves have a chance in this constituency (ie Bermondsey and Old Southwark). So phoney is correct that the chart is misleading but at least the general message behind it is broadly correct (ie only Simon Hughes
or Val Shawcross can realistically win). What really gets me going is when the Lib Dems try to spin the same line in different types of elections (you know, the pr type of elections they are always calling for) when all votes for all parties can count but they still try to peddal the same message as here.
You could argue that if the Lib Dems are forced to use dodgy barcharts it is at least partly because the Westminster electoral system is unfairly stacked against them generally.
(Disclosure - I have sometimes written leaflets, though never with a dodgy barchart, for a different political party.)