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  1. Wit and wisdom
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    No, I agree with Kendall (who’s a woman, by the way).

    We have too many policies and we are trying to do too much. We need a simple, dumbed down message very much in the style of the recent excellent Make It Happen document.

    The only way peop[le will listen to us is if they notice us in the first place. We basically have a selling job, not a persuasion job.

  2. Wit and wisdom
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    Yikes! Olly Grendell, as regularly featured on Newsnight, is a woman, Olly Kendall is clearly male from his picture.

    They always told me to check my sourcfes before going into print…

  3. James Graham (Quaequam Blog!)
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    I don’t know if Kendall is a man or a woman but s/he is very popular with hikers.

  4. Duncan Borrowman
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    Don’t know who Olly Grendell is, but Olly Grender, who regularly appears on Newsnight, is a woman. And a former radical Kingston Young Liberal – I am sure she would agree with Andy.
    So you should have checked your sources… again.
    Last time I saw Olly Kendall he didn’t seem to have had a sex change. But whatever sex he is, he is wrong, and actually Wit and Wisdom you aren’t arguing

  5. Olly Kendall
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    Duncan – thanks for backing me up on my gender 🙂 I think I’m inadvertantly developing a post-op online alter ego.

    i agree that the claim to genuine policy innovation, nay radicalism, is one of (and rightly) our defining political USPs (horrid phrase, sorry).I just think there is a comms job to do to ensure that voters are clear about these two distinct strands. if there is any

  6. Process Guy
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    Thanks all for the comments – I hope all gender confusion is now clarified.

    Olly – I wouldn’t want to argue that we appear irresponsible or dangerous on the economy, credibility is enormously important, I just find that when we worry about being responsible we tend to end up being boring!

  7. Peter Welch
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    Well I had also commented on the article. With David Cameron promising to spend exactly the same amount of money as Labour, there is plenty of scope for responsible radicalism.

    http://peterwelcheastern.blogspot.com/2008/09/lower-taxes-and-no-new-initiatives.html

  8. Liberal Neil
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    I agree that we need a simple and convincing message.

    But I don’t agree that there is any incompatibility between being pro civil liberties and ‘responsible’ on the economy.

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