I was less than complimentary about the idea at the time:
advertise for would-be MPs in newspapers, women's magazines and on the radio, their president urged yesterday.
Even non-members could apply to stand as a Lib Dem parliamentary candidate under plans introduced by Simon Hughes.
If he means a party needs philosophers, economists and novelists as well as activists, he is right. But our opponents would hang a crass idea like advertising for candidates round our necks for years afterwards.A few days ago Iain Dale discovered an old article from Liberator that said:
Simon should take his shrimping net off to Herne Bay for a week or two and return refreshed for the fight.
Even more startlingly, the PCA believes “in the longer term … there is a case for ‘headhunting’ of suitable candidates within and outside the party, e.g. among students at universities and colleges.” Yes, you read that right. The body that represents the party’s parliamentary candidates believes that people who do not belong to the party should be approached to stand as candidates for it in general elections.There are always those who are attracted to such gimmicks. Let this story serve as an awful warning to them.