A By-Election Thought

Labour is persisting with a high-risk strategy of class warfare in Crewe & Nantwich in a desperate attempt to avoid losing the by-election and further destabilising Gordon Brown’s troubled leadership.

Labour leaflets distributed over the weekend showed Edward Timpson, the Conservative candidate, standing outside Crewe station with a top hat digitally superimposed on his head. It was later replaced with a second leaflet in which Mr Timpson was silhouetted out amid claims that Labour did not have permission to use the picture of Mr Timpson.

The leaflets come days after a Labour circular showed images of the Conservative candidate’s “mansion” house and a spoof Tory “application form”. The leaflets, which have dismayed some ministers, posed questions such as, “Do you live in a big mansion house?” and, “Do you think regeneration is adding another wing to your mansion?” with large red ticks next to them. The theme is repeated prominently on Labour’s campaign website.

Mr Timpson has also been ambushed by Labour activists in top hats and tails calling themselves the “Tarporley Toffs”, a reference to a genteel Cheshire village associated with country sports near where he lives. His home is 13 miles from Crewe.

Hmmm,

Labour are hoping to contrast this with their candidate, Tamsin Dunwoody, the daughter of the former MP, Gwyneth, who they have billed as a “fighter, who’ll stand up for Crewe and Nantwich”.

He may have indeed inherited all sorts of things, money and privilege amongst them.

It\’s also true that he\’s not attempting to inherit a seat in the legislature.

If one were truly vile one might ask Tamsin how the mourning is going.

7 thoughts on “A By-Election Thought”

  1. So Much For Subtlety

    Some times I think that these people are damn lucky they never get what they want.

    Out of date class warfare rhetoric?

    Inheriting power from a departed parent?

    What does Kim Jong-il have that Tamsin doesn’t except the opportunity to do what he likes?

    Socialism is rapidly becoming monarchy, or at least power is becoming inheritable. Not just North Korea but also Cuba. So no doubt little Tamsin will win.

    Time for the rope.

  2. The class war rhetoric is a core vote strategy which may help them minimise the scale of defeat but will prevent them from winning a majority, because embittered resentful weirdos only make up around 1 in 4 of the electorate.

    Of course given the Tories historic by-election crappiness it is possible that Labour will win in Crewe, which will be fantastic because it will cement Brown in place until the General Election.

  3. Ross is correct. It is the core vote strategy: when all else is lost, rely on prejudice against anyone who is wealthy, good looking, well-spoken. I hope Labour keeps this up: annihilation will be guaranteed.

  4. But she’s not attempting to inherit the seat in the legislature – she’s fighting an election.

  5. What’s fascinating, is that the class rhetoric is acceptable one way but not the other. Can anyone imagine the brouhaha that would result if someone were to portray the opposition as an uneducated lout or yob, with zero breeding and less intelligence, susceptible to the temptation of lining their pockets because relatively poor?

  6. “But she’s not attempting to inherit the seat in the legislature – she’s fighting an election.”

    She is trying to win in her late mother’s constituency by trading on Gwynneth’s reputation, and the sympathy of the voters. It might work because I could understand constituents feeling uncomfortable about rejecting the daughter of a stalwart who served them for so many years, and ultimately died in harness. But as a vote winning tactic it stinks.

  7. Can anyone imagine the brouhaha that would result if someone were to portray the opposition as an uneducated lout or yob, with zero breeding and less intelligence, susceptible to the temptation of lining their pockets because relatively poor?

    For some reason, the media and (especially) blogosphere coverage of John Prescott comes to mind…

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