Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Why the Tories may have persuaded me to tactically (against them)

Unlike 90% of the Welsh population, I don't hate the Tories - I just dislike them and wouldn't trust them. It's from their candidate in Cardiff West, Angela Jones-Evans, that I've received the most election material (around 6 or 7 different items), and what's pissed me off is the bull shit that's on it.

On a leaflet titled 'Our NHS' (which gives details of what David Cameron will do to the health service, despite it being a devolved matter), Angela claims she lives in Riverside, which I found strange as I know that she lives in Pontcanna. I raised this in the comments section of a post on the Cardiff Guardian blog, and the owner of the blog decided to contact the Angela to clarify where she actually lived. Her response was that Pontcanna is technically in the Riverside ward.
I could understand it if a Labour, Plaid Cymru or Lib Dem candidate had middle class guilt about living in a big house in a posh area, but I thought (and agree) with the Tory principle that if you work hard and therefore deserve getting paid lots, then you should not feel ashamed of living in a nice house in a nice area.

Another leaflet fro Angela arrived yesterday claiming that Plaid Cymru and Lib Dem voters will be voting for the Conservatives just to keep Gordon Brown form getting back in (although he's not standing in Cardiff West b.t.w.). There's even a quote on the back from 'Oliver from Llandaff' who says "I used to vote Lib Dem but want to see change in Cardiff West and Angela has won me over". By sheer coincidence, I have a Tory friend named Oliver who lives in Llandaff and as well as working for the Tories has been a Tory activist since he was in his nappy.

I'm sure this all pretty lame stuff compared to what is put in a lot of election leaflets, and for all I know all the other parties are doing the same, but this just riles me as I know it's all bull shit. Tories go on about change, but they're just carrying on the same tradition (of all parties) of trying to mislead people and treating the voting public like idiots. We want less of this, not more.

Nothing to do with Angela this time, but Quentin Langley, a Tory academic in Cardiff University is urging his party's candidate on Ynys Môn to target the second-home vote.

It is certainly a seat which the Conservatives can win from, technically, fourth place. It contains more English voters than almost any other in Wales as well as a great many native Welsh speakers.

One campaign idea which might have merit would be trying to persuade second home owners to vote in Ynys Mon rather than in their other constituency, though that might alienate other voters and might be difficult to organise in the timescale available. [taken from Plaid Wrecsam]
That is unforgivable. Again technically perfectly legitimate, but morally it is totally wrong and completely undemocratic.

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5 Comments:

Anonymous Carl Morris said...

Diddorol.

Mae'n werth darllen blog Dylan Jones-Evans.
http://dylanje.blogspot.com/

5/13/2010 1:41 am  
Blogger dghughes82 said...

I see that the Tory leaflet also comes complete with a dodgy barchart accompanied by something along the lines of "Party X and Party Y can't win here".. Thought that the Lib Dems had copyrighted that one.. :D

5/13/2010 11:30 pm  
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4/04/2012 12:22 pm  
Blogger Dave B, a.k.a. catboxer said...

Dear Rhyys--

I'm over here in the rain forest of the Olympic Peninsula, and don't know what an Ynys Mons is, although it sounds like it could be interesting.

Is that a place name?

Also, if it's bullshit you want, I don't think you could do any better than our Demolicans and Republicrats over here. We got more pols over here talkin about "change" than you could shake a stick at. Brock Obama's "hopey-changey" routine in 2008 is still ringin in my ears, and thank god this year he's trying to strike more of a Peter Lorre pose.

Well, gotta go. I have 6 pencils to sharpen before dark. I like your Welshish blog, as I have some of that ancestry meself.

--Dave Brice
Port Hadlock, WA

8/02/2012 12:59 am  
Blogger Dave B, a.k.a. catboxer said...

Dear Rhyys--

I'm over here in the rain forest of the Olympic Peninsula, and don't know what an Ynys Mons is, although it sounds like it could be interesting.

Is that a place name?

Also, if it's bullshit you want, I don't think you could do any better than our Demolicans and Republicrats over here. We got more pols over here talkin about "change" than you could shake a stick at. Brock Obama's "hopey-changey" routine in 2008 is still ringin in my ears, and thank god this year he's trying to strike more of a Peter Lorre pose.

Well, gotta go. I have 6 pencils to sharpen before dark. I like your Welshish blog, as I have some of that ancestry meself.

--Dave Brice
Port Hadlock, WA

8/02/2012 12:59 am  

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