Even in the blogosphere it seems many are still contemplating.
Over the weeks I have been challenged about my support for Nick, given my being more of a 'lefty'. And of course, I have had to challenge myself - why would I choose to support a candidate who I disagree with on Trident, Tax and and............er, that's where I think it ends. Nick may give more credence to the role of the private sector in delivering public services - but he is not closed minded about this - he is interested in what we all are I trust - people getting what they need when they need it and in a manner that best supports them.
On reflecting about why I chose to back Nick it struck me that my reasons were to do with his qualities, skills and commitment to liberal values. I am 100% behind many of his policy positions and those I do not support I tend to be a voice crying in the wilderness on anyway within the party! If there is not so much to choose between the candidates on policy anyway, what marks Nick out?
- He is a visionary and inspiring leader
- He is a liberal through and through
- He is a team player and will listen to everyone - from the least to the greatest and his refreshing lack of deference means he will be his own man
- He has exceptional ability to communicate with everyone, not just those who are on his undoubtedly highly intellectual wavelength
- He has enormous compassion, particularly seeing one of his major roles as an MP being to be "a voice for the voiceless"
- His passion and enthusiasm are infectious, they will infect not just the party but the wider society
- He is genuine and committed
- He will challenge received wisdom, both within our party and without and offer a cutting edge, anti-establishment, radical framework that we can all unite on
- He is the candidate most feared by the opposition
- Oh and perhaps above all, I would trust him with my life, so I know can trust him with my party