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So there's this election thing soon....

The most recent reason why I'm definitely not voting Labour came in through my letterbox today.


Now, I don't know whether this leaflet was printed and/or posted before last Thursday, when there could have been some justification for saying that the main election was a two-horse race.

But even if it was, the inside says:


The first paragraph's an outright lie. Whenever the leaflet was printed, the option of a hung parliament was being talked about. Even more annoyingly, they're conflating "control of the country" and "control of Glasgow", on purpose. The Conservatives are not, and have not been for decades, Labour's principal opposition in Scotland. They're usually fighting for 4th. The result in this constituency in 2005 was:

Labour : Mohammad Sarwar : 13,518
Liberal Democrat : Isabel Nelson : 4,987
SNP : Bill Kidd : 4,148
Conservative : Richard Sullivan : 1,757
Scottish Green : Gordon Masterton : 1,372
Scottish Socialist : Marie Gordon : 1110

The Conservatives were in fourth, a long way back. The main contenders here - though it is quite a safe seat, obviously - are the Lib Dems and the SNP. The SNP won here in the Scottish Parliament elections, but that's got different consituency boundaries. Conservatives are nowhere to be seen, and have no chance of getting in anywhere in Glasgow. (And yes, the current Labour MP is standing down, and Labour's candidate for his seat is...his son.) The Labour leaflet mentions the Tories six times - always as "Tories" rather than "Conservatives" - and the SNP once. You wouldn't know there was anyone else standing. And the one mention of the SNP is to say that Sarwar will "argue for the reinstatement of the Glasgow Airport Rail Link", which, since it was an SNP policy, must be a devolved issue that he will have absolutely no input into.

So, yeah. Most politicians lie or at least spin frantically on their leaflets, but in case you didn't know: it isn't a two-horse race, and voting Lib Dem is looking more and more unlikely to let the Conservatives in.

Too much politics? Have a picture of the cat downstairs with the mouse I rescued from her.


Edit: ALSO I am worried about the policy "Carry a knife, go to jail". Am I going to be arrested on the way home from IKEA?


Apr. 20th, 2010 08:21 pm (UTC)
He has never heard of it, but if it did happen, it's all because PEOPLE VOTED CONSERVATIVE. It would never have happened with a Labour MP >:-(
Apr. 20th, 2010 08:23 pm (UTC)

oh no wait
Apr. 20th, 2010 08:26 pm (UTC)
Why are you being so mean to them when they have GIVEN FREE TV LICENCES TO THE OVER 75S? They are the only people caring for this country!
Apr. 20th, 2010 08:28 pm (UTC)
But thanks to him I have to go 'round Grandma's to hook up her new telly! WHERE'S THE SUPPORT FOR THAT THEN? WHERE ARE THE BUFF YOUNG MEN IN A SPARKLY CLEAN VAN DRIVING AROUND TO OLD PEOPLE'S HOUSES TO EXPLAIN HOW A REMOTE WORKS?! Labour are not doing enough I say!
Apr. 20th, 2010 08:32 pm (UTC)
MOAR BUFF YOUNG MEN NEEDED. And for young people, not just pensioners. It's totally discrimination.
Apr. 20th, 2010 08:36 pm (UTC)
Yes but David Cameron met a black Chinese woman with Autism and only one leg yesterday who said that 25% of 94% of the electorate say that the NHS is a Nazi death camp for old people.
Apr. 20th, 2010 08:46 pm (UTC)
Hee! Have you seen the auto-generator of those? "Last week, I met a Somali former Labour voter, who told me that climate change protestors shouldn't be allowed to stay in a B&B when the owner doesn't want them to."

Also, is your LD icon snaggable? I was thinking I should have one!
Apr. 20th, 2010 08:48 pm (UTC)
Ahhh yes, the David Cameron fridge magnet. Mine is: "Last week, I met a Flemish grandfather, who told me that the Guardian ruined the country for everyone." *shakes fist*

And yes, 'tis entirely snaggable :D I figured I needed one too haha ^^
Apr. 20th, 2010 08:53 pm (UTC)
That Guardian. *tuts*

Hurrah! I was too lazy to even look for one, far less make it. Thanks :)
Apr. 20th, 2010 09:45 pm (UTC)
Well I was meant to be doing my dissertation and I thought 'hay I need me a Lib Dem icon!', so here I am. ;)
Apr. 20th, 2010 10:15 pm (UTC)
uhm... yeah...

I actually had to reread that a couple of times before I was sure it was a joke...


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