Today, voters go to the poll in local elections across the country. The first letter by our reader Keith Edwards in Cardiff is a reaction to the electioneering by the LibDems, but while it’s ‘local’, it describes a strategy which we’re certain will be used by the LibDems across the country in the coming General Election, so take note:

Sir,

Lib Dems’ desperate electioneering takes an intrusive turn!

For some weeks we have been subjected to the familiar persistent election campaigning we usually get from the Liberal Democrats in Plasnewydd (Cardiff). I lost count a long time ago of the number of leaflets I have received from them, along with the letters personally addressed to us. It must be over 20. Their increasingly desperate-sounding leaflets and letters seem to come through the letterbox almost daily. They have a technique of disguising their letters, trying to trick us into not realising it’s them – plain white window envelopes and notes faked-up to look like they’re handwritten pleas from a concerned friend. I’ve got wise to these ruses and, like their other junk mail, they go straight in the recycling.

Last week I was surfing a news site on my phone – a site hardly sympathetic to the Lib Dems – only to get an advert pop up for, yet again, the Plasnewydd Liberal Democrats.

Now they crossed a line. I received an email to my personal account from who else but the Liberal Democrats. It was from Grangetown (Cardiff) Welsh Liberal Democrats and I live in Plasnewydd, so something seems to have gone awry there. Nevertheless how did they get my email? I’ve never contacted the Liberal Democrats, let alone given them permission to email me. I’m pretty sure it’s not my Labour MP or the Vote Leave campaign I was involved in last year who passed them my email address. I make a point not to sign-up to marketing emails and unsubscribing from junk email. How the hell did they get my email and what gives them the idea they have the right to intrude on me like this?

Don’t they think that after 20-odd leaflets I would have made my mind up whether or not I would voting Lib Dem? As a matter of fact I’ve already voted in the local council election and, no, it wasn’t for the Lib Dems. There’s absolutely zero chance I’ll be voting Lib Dem in this election, the General Election or any other election. Even if I had been thinking about it, I would have been put off by this desperate persistence.

What strikes me is how much money they seem to have. All these leaflets and online advertising cost money. On top of that there’s the volunteer effort of delivering all these leaflets. I wouldn’t be surprised if they’re bussing volunteers into the area. That’s because here in Plasnewydd and in Cardiff Central we are one of the few places left where Lib Dems still have a chance of getting elected. This is their last-ditch attempt to stave-off electoral oblivion.

There’s clearly some big money behind the Lib Dems – quite possibly big businesses, NGOs and celebrities of yesteryear – who can’t accept the facts that the electorate rejected them at the polls in 2015 after reneging on their election promises and rejected the EU and their cosy undemocratic club in last year’s referendum.

This is the party whose leader has had behind-the-scenes talks with Tony Blair, another of yesterday’s politicians and one who should be in the dock for war crimes, rather than making a return British politics. Then again Tim Farron backed bombing Syria, unlike his predecessor Charles Kennedy, who opposed the war in Iraq – the one and only time the Lib Dems had a principled policy.

So to the Lib Dems I can only say, “Leave me alone. You’re the politics of the past. Accept the verdict of the people and move on. I won’t be voting for you – especially when you’re this cavalier with my privacy and personal data.”

Oh! Something’s just come through the letterbox. It’s a letter personally addressed to my wife, mocked up to try to fool us it’s a handwritten note from a friend, begging us to please please please vote Liberal Democrat.

No. Go away.

Respectfully, Keith Edwards, Roath, Cardiff

The following letter comes from our reader and contributor, Darrell Goodliffe:

Sir,

I am sure I am not alone at feeling a deep sense of disappointment at the UKIP NEC’s decision to deselect Anne Marie Waters as our candidate for Lewisham East. If UKIP has a purpose then surely one of them must be the principle of speaking truth unto power? I cannot think of an issue where this is more badly needed than the one of Islam.

Let’s start with brass tacks. If Paul Nuttall thinks this move will somehow ‘broaden’ UKIPs electoral appeal then he is in for a rude awakening. Muslim voters in Stoke Central were told they would “go to hell” if they did not vote for Labour and instead plumped for the ‘Anti-Islamic’ UKIP. I have no doubt that this stratagem actually worked and Mr Nuttall garnered very few Muslim votes in this context. No matter what UKIP do, they will always successfully be portrayed to Muslims as Anti-Islamic and this will sway a lot of votes – so there is absolutely nothing to be gained from this charade.

This move reinforces the fundamentally incorrect presupposition that being anti-Islam is somehow anti-Muslim. I have a great deal of concern for Muslim people – in fact, I have more concern than soft-soaping islamophilic liberals who obviously care very little about the pain and suffering that Islam inflicts on Muslims. They are victims of their own religion and their own capricious and vindictive ‘God’, Allah.

Mr Nuttall has disenfranchised a large segment of UKIP members who agree with the correct assertion that Islam is evil and it is not just UKIP members, Gerard Batten rightly called Islam a ‘death cult’ and once again the establishment media were onto his remarks like pigeons onto a chip – again proving the point, Mr Nuttall is on a hiding to nothing if he thinks this move will somehow magically equate to a broadened appeal or soften our image with a establishment totally in the thrall of Islamophilia. He has also, I am totally sure, disenfranchised many actual and potential UKIP supporters who don’t have to be told the truth about Islam because they live it as part of their day to day lives. People like this are desperate for someone to speak up for them and Mr Nuttall has let them down for nothing.

However, despite this, the fault ultimately lies with the NEC which has failed in its first duty to represent UKIP members. It is here that we must organise to seek change as well as seeking to support Anne Marie in whatever next steps she should take.

Respectfully, Darrell Goodliffe

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