Website questions Lib Dem tactics in Crystal Palace and beyond

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Leaflets from the Liberal Democrats in Crystal Palace have come under fire for using questionable graphs.

Social news company BuzzFeed listed a number of posters which “might not stand up to scrutiny” in areas across the country.

It says Nick Clegg’s party “built its electoral success by positioning itself as the ‘only alternative’” to competitors, with the Lib Dems vying for support to keep either Labour or the Tories out.

As in Crystal Palace’s flyers, the site has underlined graphics suggesting a tight a tight two-horse race, where the third main political frontrunner has no chance of election.

But the site’s reporter believes many fail to paint an accurate picture, before also highlighting the use of other techniques.

Looking at the leaflets distributed in Crystal Palace, he notes: “This isn’t a hard one. 18 per cent is more than half of 32 per cent, so the blue bar needs to go more than halfway up the red bar.”

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Bromley’s local elections take place on May 22, with Crystal Palace marking the borough’s most westerly borders.

The Lib Dems’ popularity appears to have dwindled in recent years following Nick Clegg’s decision to join up with David Cameron’s Conservatives to form the country’s current coalition government in 2010.

They currently hold four seats (down from seven in 2006) and are only contesting 47 this time round – in 2010 they contested 59, while in 2006 they contested 60.

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2:58pm Thu 8 May 14

goldenbroomboy says...

So party political flyers at election time are biased? Dear me who would have believed that?

OK Josh, since you don't like the Lib Dems, do you want the Tory proposals for Crystal Palace-expensive homes for yuppies to clear out the embarrassing locals, or the Labour proposals for cheap housing for an influx of Larndarners?
So party political flyers at election time are biased? Dear me who would have believed that? OK Josh, since you don't like the Lib Dems, do you want the Tory proposals for Crystal Palace-expensive homes for yuppies to clear out the embarrassing locals, or the Labour proposals for cheap housing for an influx of Larndarners? goldenbroomboy
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4:48pm Thu 8 May 14

HearTheFacts says...

Now the Lib's have joined the 'Con' filth. It all one party, Lib's controlled by the Con's.

I remember Ted Shrimpton printing for the Liberals for years.

R.I.P Ted Shrimpton.
Now the Lib's have joined the 'Con' filth. It all one party, Lib's controlled by the Con's. I remember Ted Shrimpton printing for the Liberals for years. R.I.P Ted Shrimpton. HearTheFacts
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8:36am Sat 10 May 14

eyes2theright says...

when are the liberal dems going to answer the questions about Cyril Smith?

Clegg has tried hushing it up before the European elections how anyone can vote for this people is beyond me
when are the liberal dems going to answer the questions about Cyril Smith? Clegg has tried hushing it up before the European elections how anyone can vote for this people is beyond me eyes2theright
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