Brian Paddick has published in the Mail on Sunday a selection of his diary entries over the period when he was running for mayor of London. (Hat-tip: Matthew Pearce for bringing it to my attention.) They make amusing and sometimes painful reading for Lib Dems, but it’s worth a look.
After the London election results were published, I said that I hoped the party was going to be looking at what went wrong. Well, it’s pretty clear from Brian’s piece that he feels it comes down to money:
I feel bruised and bewildered by the lack of support as a result of not being able to raise enough money – we were outspent 20:1 by the Ken and Boris machines.
He also makes it clear he doesn’t want to run for MP anywhere. But we should be cautious about thinking of this as the end of Brian’s political career. He has carefully worded this to leave open the possibility of being parachuted in to the House of Lords. I for one can’t think of a better place for him.