Talk:Alan Sked

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All the links are broken or lead to strange pages. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 84.58.195.49 (talk) 11:11, 17 July 2009 (UTC)

The references given in this article don't work. I can't fix them, as I haven't been able to find them on the internet. However, I don't doubt that Sked wrote them as they seem similar to articles I've seen by him elsewhere (eg in The Spectator, in 2001). [Twilde 23/2/05]

I'm not too sure what you mean when you say they "don't work". You say you don't doubt that he wrote them? — Trilobite (Talk) 03:10, 4 Mar 2005 (UTC)

Hi. By saying the references "don't work" I wasn't throwing doubt on their veracity or relevance. I simply meant that whereas most recent references in Wikipedia are clickable and take you to the online source of the reference, these ones don't. I imagine it would be desirable if they did, so that people could read the articles for themselves - but if the articles aren't available online or require people to subscribe to a website to access them, then having just the text reference is obviously better than nothing! Twilde 6/3/05

Ah. I see what you mean now, and I agree with you that ideally they would be linked to the articles in question on the web somewhere, however they don't appear to have been placed on the Internet. I couldn't find them anyway. I got the references from a document discussing UKIP published by an MEP who provided these quotes from Sked. I forget the name but I should think I could track it down if you wanted. I didn't make a note at the time because I thought it unneccesary to have a reference for where I got my references from, if you see what I mean, thinking it was probably unlikely that an MEP would take the risk of fabricating unflattering quotes about a rival party and then making up references that someone could go and check. If you don't doubt their veracity I think I'll leave it at that, but if someone comes along and says they look made up to me then I might have to look into this in a bit more detail, since I haven't actually had the papers in front of me in which Sked apparently makes these claims, only a document which quotes him. — Trilobite (Talk) 17:15, 7 Mar 2005 (UTC)

1970 general election[edit]

Someone added: "He stood as a Liberal candidate in the 1970 general election, but later rejected the party's pro-EU stance." Any idea which constituency this was? I've found reference to his candidacy in a couple of by-elections and the '97 general election, but I couldn't track this one down. — Trilobite (Talk) 12:00, 17 August 2005 (UTC)

It was in Paisley. See [www.psr.keele.ac.uk] 129.67.53.94 13:48, 27 January 2006 (UTC)


'Best Account'[edit]

The final sentence (citing Sked's own article), describing it as the 'best account' of his political career, contains a bit of a POV, don't you think? How about something more neutral, e.g. 'A comprehensive account', 'A useful summary' or 'A reliable introduction' (haven't read the article myself, so can't suggest an actual description)? LDGE (talk) 21:58, 30 August 2008 (UTC)