Well, I never thought I'd hear myself saying that! Regular readers will know I've got a yellow streak a mile wide, but the quality of the local Cleggies has been shown to be woefully lacking.
I'm not just being petty and peevish (moi?) because neither the norf nor sarf candidates have bothered to respond to my Election Question Time. Or because I had a falling out with one of their local organisers. It's just I'm used to the London Lib Dems, who actually care about their local communities. The Thanet dynamic duo have just been parachuted in as far as I can see. Peter Buttlick [Not sure that's the correct spelling - Ed], the candidate here in the trendy south of the island, couldn't even be bothered to turn up less than 90 minutes late to the only hustings I've been aware of so far.
Perhaps they're basking in the national, widescreen glow of their glorious leader's forehead and don't feel the need to actually campaign here. But it's going to make it a difficult choice for me. Labour or Tory? Yikes!
Tomorrow I'll reveal the responses from those candidates who did get off their backsides and pen me a missive. Nighty-night!
Update: I've just received this email from top Thanet Lib Dem Bill Furness:
I have just read your blog regarding the Liberal Democrats, I and many of our members have been knocking on hundreds of doors for the past year, sorry we have not called on you yet, we have a few more thousands to go, we do not have the millions being poured into the area from a Millionaire who does not pay taxes to this country or the millions from Trade unions, we are genuinely the party of the people, I can assure you Richard that we are determined to win as many votes as we can in Thanet and the rest of the Country, it is up to the people to decide as to whom they trust to run the Country, we could win seats here in Thanet, we just do not have the resources like the other parties to buy votes and to flood the area with literature, election day will tell.