With the local and European elections slowly creeping up on us, it would be naive to think that extreme parties like the BNP wont make steps toward powerful positions they shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near. We’ve had their bullshit leaflet through the post, we’ve had the Liberal Democrat leaflet, we’ve had the UKip leaflet, we’ve even had a Green leaflet. We haven’t though had a Labour leaflet.
Today, we received the Tory leaflet. Worryingly, it is addressed to me. Not to my parents, or my sister, or the household; it’s addressed to me. When one opens the leaflet, on the right hand side, we have a map of the U.K, and the East Midlands labelled and colour coded, just incase we in the East Midlands are at all wondering, where we live.
We then see on the left hand side, newspaper cut outs reminding us of Labour’s failings under Gordon Brown. Fair enough. There have been many.
It would help the Tories case though, if of the eight newspaper clippings, six of them were not from typical Right Winged Tory supporting Newspapers (three from The Express, two from the Daily Mail, and one from the Telegraph…the other two were from tabloids), but then I fully expect a Labour leaflet to produce clippings from…….actually, nowhere, not even the Guardian is throwing it’s lot in with Gordon Brown. I expect the Labour leaflet will merely read “We don’t have a fucking clue, seriously, no idea any more“.
Given the dodgy dealings of the owners of the Telegraph (Sir David and Sir Fred Barclay pulled their investment from the Island of Sark after voters decided not to support the candidates the brothers were backing, and so the economic stability of the island was rocked, and 100 people lost their jobs); and the positions that The Daily Mail has taken in the past (their unquestioning support for the British Union of Fascists comes to mind), they’re not the greatest of sources to be quoting. But we’ll let the Tories off, because the only other choice for them would be The Guardian, which is my paper of choice, and if it were a Tory paper, i’d have put it down long ago.
One of the cuttings, is from the Daily Mail, on the 2nd February 2009, which reads “Absurdity of Gordon Brown’s British Jobs for British workers pledge“. Indeed, it is an absurd statement for Mr Brown to have made. It was a vote winning pledge. Nothing more. It was, in short, a catastrophic mistake. The Tories are right to point out how ridiculous a statement it was. British Jobs for British Workers sounds like a BNP quote, and has no place in the global marketplace. The Tories used this in their leaflet to reminds us just how ridiculous it was. They certainly couldn’t be accused of hypocrisy, nope, not the Tories!
“Fighting for British jobs” – appears on the Conservative’s list of pledges on the right hand side of the leaflet. Along side “Working for British business” and “Defending British traditions“. I don’t think I need to say much more on this one. Certainly no hypocrisy though!!!!!
The leaflet gives no policy initiatives, no ideas on how to deal with the global recession, no green initiatives, no public service initiatives, nothing other than “We’ll stand up for Britain!!” and “Change“. The back of the leaflet reads “Conservatives have a clear plan for bringing down Labour’s debt and re-building a balanced economy“… it’d be nice if we knew what that plan was.
It’s nice to see that spin isn’t far from the Tories list of priorities, despite their “clear mission to mend our broken society” and their Obama-esque slogan “vote for change” (if you type “Vote for change” into Google, the top result is Barack Obama’s website – which is interesting, given how ideologically different the Tories are compared to Obama).
The leaflet then speaks about “tackling climate change”. It says “Conservatives played a key role in making new laws to cut carbon emissions and promote renewable energy“. The Tory MEP, is Roger Helmer. Roger Helmer MEP is a member of The “Freedom Association“. One look at their website, takes you to a blog entry, entitled “Why the European Union’s climate alarmism is both mistaken and dangerous”. In the article, it is reported that “Evidence is quite clearly emerging that man is not having the impact on the climate that the EU climate alarmists claim.“
Hypocrisy, nah not the Tories!
On the final page of the leaflet, they tell me just how they’ve been defending British Traditions (I had no idea British traditions were under such violent attacks… but apparently so, by those evil progressives)…. “You can still buy your fruit and vegetables in pounds and ounces thanks to Conservative MEPs“……. Oh thank god!!!! No more sleepless nights for me.
All that I’ve managed to salvage from this Conservative Party leaflet, is that The Daily Mail; The Telegraph and The Express don’t really like the Labour Party; they are committed to Climate Change, but are not committed to Climate Change; I can buy bananas in pounds still; and that the Tories are one step behind catchy slogans from their left wing counterparts over the Atlantic.
They certainly haven’t convinced me to switch to the dark side.