Sue and I are spending a few days away over Easter and much of this week. Often at holiday times political news is thin on the ground, this Easter the news has been dominated by the revelation that a Government advisor has been spending time thinking up what has been termed “smear stories” about senior figures in the Conservative Party. Not a good idea.
Over my years in politics whenever it has been suggested that we run a story about a politician from another Party I have as far as I can recall nearly always said no. Of course there may be circumstances where it is appropriate to attack a politician personally but generally I always find it is usually better to stick to policy.
I also believe that his drip drip drip of stories about politicians only serves to reinforce the negative view that so many members of the general public have of politicians.