Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Negative Campaigning

I see Labour have taken off the gloves and given David Cameron the full cartoon treatment.

Surely the response is obvious - fight fire with satire. Lots of soundbites of 'Honest Tone', followed by the footage / newspaper headlines when he gets caught with his pants down - let's face it, from WMD to loans for peerages, there are plenty of examples. All set to Charles and Eddie's "Would I lie to you"...

Tony Blair and his awful cronies have brought me very close to the brink of the unthinkable. After a long period of reflection, I have come to realise that I have no alternative. I may, and I will stress 'may' here, have to consider doing that which I always vowed I would never do. Hateful though it may seem, and much as it pains me to say it...I'm thinking about voting Conservative.

Oh the shame...

7 comments:

Phill said...

Having watched the Conservative PPB last night I was quite shocked to see that they spent the whole time going on about what their councils do and what they plan to do with your council if they're elected. What has that got to do with local elections?

Surely it's all about running down the opposition by saying they tell everyone what you want to hear and that you can't trust them?

I must say I'm truly unsure about my voting preferences at the moment. I was firmly sat in the Lib Dem camp but as they've managed to go from appealing alternative to unelectable in a matter of months (Surely a new political record) I really do think the once unthinkable might be a possibility.

What I can't stand is people who say 'I've been voting for them for years, I'm not changing now'. It's not a bloody football team, the concept of 'Once a Villain, always a Villain' doesn't translate to politics... hmm, bad example.

Infoholic UK said...

Oh I dunno, I think UKIP managed to go from best results ever to standing joke in about a week and a half. Agent Kilroy-Silk - mission accomplished.

VERY bad example coming from you - do you still have your 1985 Manchester United shirt ? Bloody 'lack of glory' hunters...

:-)

icedink said...

Hmmmm. Tricky. Even I find myself unable to give the Tories a clean bill of health, having taken particular exception to Dave's talks with Honest Tone about party funding. They are all crooks and charlatans and make me absolutely furious. I almost look forward to Brown being prime minister. He is quite plainly that rarest of things...a politician of principle. Just wants too much of your money.

As long as people's mortgages are affordable, as long as they are in work and as long as they don't feel that they are being taxed until the pips squeak, Labour will probably be safe in office. The tipping point may come, I suppose, when those in the private sector grow to resent the support they are giving to those in the public sector to keep their pensions going and so on. Then you could see the kind of seismic shift that swept the Tories in after the winter of discontent. Remember that?

Infoholic UK said...

Remember the winter of dicontent ? Not really, other than a vague recollection of power cuts - I was eight when Maggie came to power.

Cameron has really disappointed me. There is so little difference between the economic policy of the main parties now, that it's barely worth voting at all.

icedink said...

Me too. I would have far preferred Ken Clarke, even though I'm not sure he has much of an idea about anything other than laying the glove on Blair/Brown. Good debate, look forward to more next week. Meantime, hope you score a century, take 10 wickets and help Mrs I with the washing up!

Phill said...

I should point out to those that don't know that I was a mere 6 years old in 1985 and we lived in a commuter village to Manchester. I was born just down the road in Northwich (Congrats to the Vics on their promotion back to the Conference) unlike my brummie brothers.

Sometimes I think about my decision to stop supporting United and then I look at the likes of Ronaldo, Ferdinand and Neville and think... what a bunch of arrogant wankers!

Phill said...

...Oh and I wasn't even born when there was the winter of discontent (Isn't that a song by Simon and Garfunkel?) but if invading a sovereign country in an illegal war in an act of support for an American President that rigged his first election isn't grounds enough to get you voted out then I can't think what is.

As a public sector worker myself I should point out that the cost of our pensions are virtually negligable when you compare it to the billions that have been wasted on piss poor computer systems and appalling military procurement.

Yet the government seems determined to persevere with the National Identity Card scheme.

But hey, if you try to screw over your workforce suddenly everyone thinks you're out to save them some money. When in reality the money you save might just about cover next months consultancy bill.