Class War alive and well at ConHome
ConservativeHome has sprouted a rather strange spin-0ff site - http://mylabourposter.typepad.com - which works on the premise of taking Tory posters that do exist and doing spoof Labour versions based on the phrase "I've never voted Labour before...".
I suppose this odd premise is understandable given that we (Labour) can't afford to do any posters this time round (other than the ones that say "Vote Labour" that people will stick in their gardens for free rather than ad agencies stick on billboards for large amounts of various tax exiles' money), and hence there's nothing we've done for them to spoof.
Whilst some of the ideas are funny, some of them merely demonstrate what sad people the average Tory bloggers are.
Labour voters are, we learn from the spoof posters, illegal immigrants queued up at Calais (which would be difficult - immigrants can't vote unless they naturalised or are EU or Commonwealth citizens); BBC staff (obviously a hotbed of leftie thinking if you are a Daily Mail reading conspiracy theorist); Nick Griffin; postal vote fraudsters (of course Tory-perpetrated election fraud in Slough and Hackney never happened); criminals; and leaders of foreign countries.
The one that really wound me up though (and was probably intended to) was the portrayal of Labour voters as personified by Frank Gallagher of Shameless: http://mylabourposter.typepad.com/blog/2010/02/shameless.html
Because of course it was an outrageous travesty in the eyes of our Tory chums when Labour has had a bit of fun talking about "Tory Toffs" and pointing out how many Tory high-ups went to one expensive school and were members of one Oxford drinking club. That, we are told, is Class War and the politics of division and envy.
But to characterise Labour voters - not our leaders, just the people who vote for us (and whose votes presumably some rational Tories want) - as job-shy benefit fraudsters is fine. That's just ConHome having a laugh. Not class warfare at all. Not being patronising, condescending snobs who see Labour and its supporters as being not quite the ticket and a bit common, and well, taking mummy and daddy's hard-earned millions to spend on the plebs.
Here we have the whole Tory philosophy summed up in one poster:
Labour voters = working class oiks who didn't go to Eton or even whichever place Osborne went to = people on benefit = work-shy benefit-fraudsters.
A philosophy and a party that wants people to be ashamed, not proud, of being working class, and to be ashamed of receiving any benefits, even if they are getting them because they are sick, disabled, unlucky enough to have lost their job or never got one back after Thatcher destroyed most manufacturing communities, have kids, or are paid so little by Tory bosses that the state has to top up their wages.
When there are Tory activists who think it is funny to smear everyone on benefits as being part of the cast of Shameless, and to have cheap laughs about people less fortunate than they are, I stop feeling any qualms about pointing out the absurdity of the privileged and out-of-touch backgrounds of the Tory leadership.