Monday, June 30, 2008

20 Questions to a Presidential Candidate - Updated

I hope to get the answers to my questions (see below) soon, but in the meantime, wondered if there were other potential presidential candidates I should send them to - Chris Huhne? Chris Rennard? Susan Kramer? So, if you would like to suggest the candidate you would most like to see standing in the upcoming contest, I can include them in my distribution list!

My questions are as follows:

1. What motivated you to get involved in politics and does that still motivate you now?
2. Which political figure, living or dead, do you most admire and why?
3. If you could introduce a new party policy, what would it be?
4. If there was a party policy you could overturn, what would it be?
5. Have you done the “political compass” exercise and if so where do you sit?
6. What will you bring to the position of President?
7. What will be your priorities if elected?
8. What is your view on the marketisation of public services?
9. What is your view on our policy on Trident?
10. If you could wave a magic wand and change one thing in this country, what would it be?
11. If elected how will you advance the cause of Libdemmery?
12. As a party, despite our values, we still seem to find it impossible to reflect the diversity of the country we seek to represent, how will you redress this?
13. There has been a lot of debate, in the blogosphere and elsewhere, about our narrative. What should it be?!
14. What do you consider the most pressing issue facing the world?
15. With a resurgent Tory Party, how would you ensure that as a third party, our voice was heard?
16. If elected, what do you most look forward to about the role?
17. As someone more on the “left” of the party, why should I vote for you?
18. If you were stranded on a desert island, which politician – from another party – would you be happy to be stranded with and why?
19. If you were stranded on a desert island, which politician – from our party – would you be happy to be stranded with and why?!
20. If elected President what will you do to help elect a second MEP in the East of England? (Or anywhere else actually!!!)


The Burbler said...


This is an excellent idea. I would like to nominate David Rendel to be included. David is a remarkable individual in the party in that I have never met someone who hides his light under a bushel so effectively. He is an extraordinarily hard worker for the party (he worked virtually every day on the Henley by-election), knows the party like the back of his hand and is genuinely modest. He is remarkably politically astute. I also note that he usually comes top - by a mile - in the elections for the Federal Executive. So he is obviously well loved in the party.

Linda Jack said...

Agree with you Paul. He is such a lovely person, as you say astute but has that rare quality of making anyone he talks to feel that they are the most important person on the planet! Well, it will be interesting to see who else gets nominated, I may try a little poll on it.