It has been clear for some time that the Tory campaign in Norwich North has been to "play it safe", and hope that their core vote turns out over as evenly split an opposition as possible. However, it seems that their plans are becoming unravelled.
From what I have been told the Lib Dems have got clear traction in this campaign, clearly evident from the number of leaflets being delivered and the number of Lib Dem posters going up, and this has clearly got the Tories worried. One party breaking clear from the pack behind them is their greatest threat. So what is their response ? To talk up the Greens.
I had two emails at the weekend from Tories trying to convince me that the Greens were doing well despite the evidence on the streets being clearly the opposite. It was clear that these Tories wanted be to believe something that as a local, living and working in the constituency, was obviously untrue.
So today, the Tories signed the Green's campaign pledge pledging to fight clean campaigns. This would be a great idea were it not for the fact that the person behind this pledge is the Green candidate who tried to disrupt a visit from the Leader of the Lib Dems to Norwich at the last general election. Hypocrisy, it appears, is a word the Greens to not understand, unless this pledge is meant to be ironic.
The reasons behind the Tories signing this pledge ? In my opinion it was about trying to get the Greens some much needed publicity because they have shown themselves completely incapable of campaigning across the whole constituency with leaflets still only seen in two city wards.
What is clear to me is that the Tories are starting to worry. The fact that their campaign pledges so far (and the pledges that they have joined in with the Greens on) are, in many cases, actually the law already (like declaring donations over £1000) seems to highlight that either the Tories are deliberately misleading the public in to believing that the Tory Party are doing something that they are not already obliged to do (and therefore breaking the terms of their own pledge) or they simply don't understand the law.
In any case, the piece on TV tonight on BBC East devoted more attention on the Lib Dems than on any other party and in my opinion actually boosts the Lib Dem campaign.