Note, this article has been updated for accuracy. The changes might make one or two comments seem odd, but the were relevant to the article when first written.
The Lib Dems have an odd system for selecting candidates for European elections. For the uninitiated this means that your place on the Lib Dem list can, in certain cases have more to do with your gender than it does the votes you receive. As you might note from the comments below, Linda Jack was guaranteed to finish no lower than 3rd on the ballot paper in the Eastern Region no matter what she did. Good for her. I like Linda and what she has to say and think she would make a great MEP, but is it right ?
It has been argued elsewhere that she only put herself on the Eastern Region list of candidates in order to do the party a favour because party elections require a woman candidate (or in elections with lots of women, a male candidate). Iain Dale has more on this and shows just how ludicrous the situation is.
Isn't there something wrong with a system that means you have to drag in token candidates in order to get selections made ? I have seen this happen for parliamentary seats across the country, in some cases men/women have to be really persuaded to stand in various seats over and over in order to be the "token" person of their gender in order for the constituency to select someone. Now if that does not send some alarm bells ringing that we have got the system wrong then there is something seriously seriously awry in Cowley Street.