Last night whilst up late watching the New York Giants somehow beat the New England Patriots I saw a curious tweet pass through my timeline only to get retweeted by various Lib Dems. Oh Yes. In a quite dramatic development that could change the course of future elections it has come to light that Daniel Radcliffe has ended his support for the Liberal Democrats.
That is the sound of my jaw hitting the floor.
That is the sound of me walking through my tear soaked carpets.
That is the sound of me pulling over my 15-tog duvet and shutting out the world. It is all too much.
Clearly I’m taking the mick here but do ‘celebrity’ endorsements actually do anything? Did the fact Colin Firth and Daniel Radcliffe came out for the Lib Dems bring in any votes? Did Gary Barlow supporting David Cameron get all the Take That fans out to vote last summer? Does Sir Alan Sugar’s backing of Labour bring home the marginals? I have to think not. Are the British electorate so politically naive that they vote on the basis of what their favoured celebrity says?
I chose to believe that the electorate are smarter than that.
Wenen asked in the piece whether he was happy with the Lib Dems role in government, the Harry Potter actor replied, “No, of course not. Nick Clegg asked to meet me after that Attitude interview and we talked about issues such as gay rights and faith schools.
“I was initially supportive. For me it was good that the Lib Dems would be fighting our corner. But he has become a whipping boy and it seems to me that he has been totally used by the Tories – anything they don’t want badly reflected on them they reflect on to him.”
So he thinks that (like the majority of the electorate) and yet all the right-wing politicos and twitterati are getting more and more annoyed at the Lib Dem influence in power. So someone has to be wrong. Either the Lib Dems are indeed whipping boys and are totally useless or they are in fact doing a fair bit and punching above their weight and the media are not reporting this. I’ll let you to decide which I believe.
But what next for the former Lib Dem? “From what I’ve seen of Ed Miliband, I really like him and he speaks for what I believe in. I think he’s genuine, genuinely leftwing, and will act as such if he gets in.”
Guessing Daniel doesn’t really have his finger of the pulse of the UK political scene then…
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