I don't believe I am the only person who is being put off greatly and perhaps narked off at the same time by the antics of "Team Huhne". Perhaps the biggest example of this has to be the constant diatribe of personal and negative attacks on him by Lib Dem bloggers who should know better.
Take for example Paul Walter, who has written the most terribly biased and one sided accounts of a hustings meeting ever, with little or no attempt at balance or fairness. Reach comment of praise for Nick Clegg is instantly destroyed by some negative comment. For example, he said of Nick Clegg
"Brilliant soundbite. But really, not very much substance to back it up"
"on the subject of immigration, to be fair, one spate of what seemed like real passion"
note, just the "one" spate.
And then there is the next backhanded compliment
"I can't remember any mention of the economy by Nick Clegg, Apologies if I missed it."
Come on Paul, are you really sorry ? After all, it would have been one less thing to attack him on.
I wasn't at the meeting, but if I pick out some choice comments that are typical of the article Paul wrote.
"Nick Clegg said that he is "liberal to his fingertips on immigration". Oh. So he's not liberal to his fingertips on anything else, is he? Strange thing to say. It's the kind of thing you leave someone else to say."
Oh dear Paul. It's like me asking you if you have hit your wife. If you reply "No", I am then left to assume that you have beaten your mother and children instead. This type of comment from "Team Huhne" has been used before too. It's a very low form of attack. Cynical, nasty and unwarranted.
Paul Walter repeated this line too when he made reference to a questioner asking
"Aren't you just Cameron-lite?" - asked one questioner of Nick Clegg, to applause and the odd groan.
Perhaps Paul the odd groan is because people are sick of this sort of attack ?
Then there are the attacks on Nick's charisma. Something that people of all parties have agreed he has in spades. A friend of mine (a Tory) went to the North Pole with Nick last year and always speaks highly of his charismatic charm. But no, Paul has an attack on his personality in this respect too.
"Except that Chris Huhne's speech was interspersed with applause several times. Nick Clegg's wasn't. At all. Except at the end when he had finished. Clegg paused for applause on at least one occasion but you could hear a pin drop."
And this is not the only reference that Paul makes to cardboard, no doubt wanting the Tories to pick this up as a theme should Nick win, Paul uses it again when he says
"Nick Clegg did a sort of cardboard passion"
And to think Paul was one of those critical of me for attacking Ming's record as leader. I don't think I ever tried to do a character assassination of Ming before he had been given a chance !
There are, of course, lots of other examples of people criticising "Team Huhne" for their personal attacks, but I notice virtually no accusations of attacks from "Team Clegg" on Huhne. What does this tell us ?
So please, let's start rationally debating policy and stop the dreadful negative, biased and personal attacks. Stop giving the opposition ammunition.