A blog by Luke Akehurst about politics, elections, and the Labour Party - With subtitles for the Hard of Left. Just for the record: all the views expressed here are entirely personal and do not necessarily represent the positions of any organisations I am a member of.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Tories understanding the UK outside the M25

The Tory website this morning says tonight's debate is in Manchester:

Except it isn't. It's in Birmingham.

But then if your life has revolved around Eton, Notting Hill and Witney, probably all these Midlands and Northern cities with their millions of Labour voters and absence of Tory MPs all blur into one.

Hopefully their web team are not responsible for the logistics of getting their boss to the right city tonight.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

How are Quentin Davis and Shaun Woodward?

10:29 am, April 29, 2010

Anonymous Anonymous said...

There won't be many Labour MPs left in Birmingham or Manchester if Brown carries on calling every Labour voter he meets a bigot

10:33 am, April 29, 2010

Anonymous Rich said...

Well it was until brown went up to Rochdale and upset an old lady. I think the void between pm brown and the working class is now so evident. Brown simply doesn't understand how hard life is at the moment for the working classes....and yes there are still people who are working class.

Immigration is hurting virtually every town, wages are being kept down, working directives being ignored and health and safety forgotten. This is the result of importing cheap labour from countries who don't have the same rules as Britain. This is not a level playing field.

I have posted on this forum for years warning you about the dangers of ignoring the working class vote and immigration.

It's all too late and I fear this is the end of your party. Third place is my prediction.

10:44 am, April 29, 2010

Blogger Silent Hunter said...

Oh dear!

That's rather a nasty, 'bigoted' post from you Luke.

I think your allusion to "millions of Labour voters up Noarth" is somewhat wide of the mark given the appalling events of yesterday.

I expect the good people of Rochdale will realise that Labour see them as a "Voter Bank" who can be ignored for 5 years until it's election time; when they're all just supposed to "unthinkingly" vote for the Labour Party as required.

Can you hear that rustle, Luke?

That's the sound of Labour voters all switching to the Lib Dems.

It's time to get rid of this appallingly corrupt Labour Government.

10:46 am, April 29, 2010

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Hopefully their web team are not responsible for the logistics of getting their boss to the right city tonight."

Hopefully they are!

11:05 am, April 29, 2010

Anonymous Manana said...

Brown should not have apologised for callin Mrs.Duffy 'bigoted'. She should apologise for being so!

12:39 pm, April 29, 2010

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mana from heaven if Brown was to have followed Mayana's advice.

It's clear she wasn't bigoted. She wasn't racist. She had worked all her life in public service and was worried about her grandkid's education. She'd also been a lifelong Labour supporter.

They couldn't put a stain on her, as apparently Labour's Dirty Tricks department, tried to do.

Some 83% of the population share her concerns about immigration, according to Reuters.

We're not bigots. We're not racists.

Or, Mayana, is it the case we're all to be condemned as bigots and racists ... the whole electorate?

The Labour party is facing electoral disaster if that is the case.

1:01 pm, April 29, 2010

Anonymous Ian Kingston said...

Silent Hunter perhaps you should get your facts right before accusing others of being bigoted. To your point "I expect the good people of Rochdale will realise that Labour see them as a Voter Bank". Rochdale is in fact a LIB DEM held seat. Luke's post wasn't bigoted but yours was certainly ignorant.

PS There is no a in North either!!

2:12 pm, April 29, 2010

Anonymous Nemesis said...

The Prime Minister just terminally shafted his own campaign, and all Labour's loyal lapdogs can do is point out errors on a website!

Prepare for a sub-Michael-Foot share of the vote, you ID card fascists. Time to bend over and kiss your collective ass goodbye.

4:38 pm, April 29, 2010

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Even Kinnock wasn't as useless as Brown.

5:38 pm, April 29, 2010

Anonymous Rich said...

Brown has simply done what most of us do daily. He obviously didn't agree with her view and didn't enjoy the whole talking to real people thing. It's very unfortunate that the media was listening to him slag of a member of the public.

The problem is brown is very middle class, things luke immigration don't blight his life as it does many people trying to earn a crust with their hands. Brown is also surrounded by a very middle class cabinet, hardly suprising that he is so detached.

Regardless of browns actions he still has a better plan at reducing debt than the conservatives.

10:42 pm, April 29, 2010

Blogger CROWN said...

desperate stuff

positive is good
negative is bad

5:35 am, April 30, 2010

Anonymous BIGOT BROWN said...

Luke I see you have still got your head buried in the sand. Better keep it there till next Thursday

9:21 pm, April 30, 2010

Blogger southhackneypunter said...

Andy Coulson, was editor of the News of the World (prop. R Murdoch) until 2007. Coulson then had to resign due to allegations he had authorised illegal mobile phone-tapping and electronic eavesdropping of radio mics to capture unguarded comments by A-list celebrities, football managers and senior Labour Party figures.

In 2009 Coulson became the Conservative Party's 'Director of Communications' in preparation for what was expected to be one of the 'dirtiest campaigns of modern times'.

In April 2010 Gordon Brown was secretly recorded commenting on a floating voter in his car (allegedly he had left a radio mic on).

In May 2010 a senior City barrister staged a 'heckling incident' to further imply Gordon Brown refuses to engage with 'ordinary voters' like himself.

4:44 pm, May 01, 2010

Anonymous Dirty Euro said...

I just read in the telegraph on saturday a man advising the tories to go to the IMF after the election, as an excuse to abandon all their election promises.
This would be an outrage, yet the tory have enough power in the media to get away with it. Labour should challenge them now, before the election.
Will you go to the IMF immediately after as an excuse to abandon all your promises.

11:41 am, May 02, 2010

Anonymous Toledo said...

Hilarious to see Labour drones talking about the Tories going cap-in-hand to the IMF - that's your bankrupt party's favourite tactic, matey!

2:03 pm, May 02, 2010

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Toledo go back under your bridge you tory trollite.

8:38 pm, May 02, 2010

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your posting does a terrible disservice to the thoughtful pieces you often write.

How did it come to this?

You're down in the gutter bigging up the lowest common denonominator of politics ... down there with a leader who refers to a decent woman expressing dissent with the accusation she's a bigot.

We're all bigots now.

11:32 am, May 03, 2010

Blogger Ajax said...

Voting floaters go Lava-Tory...

3:52 pm, May 05, 2010

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Understanding the UK outside the M25".

No, sorry, going back to the Glasgow East by-election you can see that none of the major parties understand what goes on outside the M25.

I'm not going into it but it's shoddy, the desperation of someone who's had thirteen years, done nothing and realises that it's too big a job to hang on for another five.

No-one can govern. The result actually reflects the reality.

12:14 am, May 10, 2010

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