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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.

20/04/2010

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:

20/04/2010

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.

14/04/2010

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?

Comments

matgb
Apr. 21st, 2010 12:35 am (UTC)
LEaflet would've been sent to printers for distribution a few weeks ago minimum, assuming it's the addressed to you mailing which is what it looks like; we got similar fromt hem last week.

We also got a Tory leaflet today with almost the same message.

They're scared. This is good.
bohemiancoast
Apr. 21st, 2010 07:26 am (UTC)
We'd better not get leaflets like that here, where LD were second last time and Con are distant trailing third. But now you've alerted me I'll keep an eye out. I'm already using election propaganda to teach my daughter about different forms of untruth.

And the Green parliamentary candidate knocked on our door and made *no attempt* to canvas for the general election. Instead, he pressed me to vote green for the council seat. I probably should have asked whether he's suggesting that Green supporters vote tactically in the general election (for LD, presumably).
matgb
Apr. 21st, 2010 07:54 am (UTC)
Greens are normally fairly savvy about electoral chances; they know to do well in the Parlt seat they need a local Govt presence first, so that makes sense. They virtually never openly call for a tactical vote, although some of their canidates are sane enough.

Tories might not be doing the addrss like that everywhere; given their money, I'd be surprised if you don't get it, but they might just decide to concentrate.

Labour are running a "Vote Lib Dem, get Tory" campaign in a lot of their held seats like yours. Which is utterly daft, as a) it's wrong and b) it actually helps the Lib Dems persuade Tory voters to vote tactically, without them actually having to do it themselves.

Labour have been shooting themselves int eh foot all campaign, and some of them are pretty much admitting they've lost already.

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