Saturday, November 17, 2007

Loser defects to also-rans

Tory blogger Graham Robb has broken the news today that prominent Darlington LibDem activist Nigel Boddy has defected to the Tories.

Nigel seemed to be a shortlist specialist in the LibDems - he was last on the list for Sedgefield earlier this year and Hartlepool in 2004 but failed to find favour. Occasionally, he has managed to get selected as a candidate - but then he bombs. Google tells me that he was the LibDems' candidate in the Hartlepool seat in 2001, and a European candidate in 1999 and 2003, all without success.

In this year's Mayoral referendum, when for once the LibDems found themselves on the right side of the argument and the vote, Nigel even managed to fail once again, and was a leading member of the calamitous Yes campaign.

I have to say to Graham - if Nigel Boddy was going to defect to any Party, I'm really glad it was the Tories and not ourselves. With his track-record, you really should put him up in Darlington next time.... :)


Aeres said...

"calamitous No campaign"

ermm... :-)

Darlington Councillor said...

You were too quick for me, Aeres. I have to be allowed time for a little sub-editing, when I can come across sentences which mean the exact opposite of what I intended...!

Inamicus said...

Nigel is a nice bloke but is politically naive and just a little inept.

miketually said...

Northern Echo: Lib Dem defector branded a dabbler by ex-colleagues

Anonymous said...

Alan Macnab writes...

Winston Churchill defected from the Tories to the Liberals in the early part of the 20th Century and then he defected from the Liberals back to the Tories in the 1920s.

He commented on his defections thus:

"It takes a certain kind of courage to rat, but it takes a special kind of person to re-rat."