As you have undoubtedly noticed, the right-wing press is trying desperately to smear Nick Clegg. The worst they’ve been able to come up with so far is that he took donations to pay for staff and declared those donations properly, and that eight years ago he said we shouldn’t be rude about the Germans.
Seriously, that’s the worst they’ve found, and that’s four front pages right there.
But if that’s the worst they can find about Clegg, they’re going to start looking at other Lib Dems. We’ve already had an almost McCarthyist campaign on all sides, with people having to resign because they called other politicians a ‘twat’ and similar nonsenses (shamefully, Lib Dem Voice joined in this, ending in a Tory Council candidate’s resignation). The Lib Dems have been spared this ‘scrutiny’ so far, but they won’t be for long.
And many, many of us have blogs, Facebook, Twitter, all the normal aspects of modern life.
And Lib Dems tend to have more unusual lifestyle choices than most.
If you’re a Lib Dem candidate for ANYTHING, spend today going through all your social media – your LiveJournal, your DreamWidth, your Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, whatever, and lock it down if there’s *ANYTHING* you wouldn’t want to see on the front page of tomorrow’s Mail. You may be out as sex-positive and poly to your friends, but you might not want your boss seeing you on the cover of the Express under “Randy Lib Dem Candidate In Five-In-A-Bed Shock!” and an attempt to link it into the non-story about how many women Clegg’s had sex with.
The anti-Lib Dem campaign has grown bigger and more vicious than I ever thought possible, and I don’t want to see good people hurt. Take care…