Dear Chief Secretary to the Treasury,
I'm afraid to tell you there's no money left.
Signed, Liam Byrne

(Outgoing Labour Chief Secretary to the Treasury. May 2010)

Saturday, 24 April 2010

Reasons not to vote Labour #9 (uncaring)

We've had it drummed into us over the past thirteen years that everybody is equal.

We've had it drummed into us that we mustn't make fun of those worse off than ourselves.

Then, when they're electioneering, their true colours show through, and everybody can be a target for their vitriol.

Mr Brown cleverly made a quip about Little Britain. It was meant to be an 'off the cuff' comment, but it was in his notes - something he'd been told to say because they'd already done the poster.**

Yes, the Conservatives did their Vicky Pollard poster**, but the only person that might have hurt was Mr Brown.

So, didn't any of them think, just for a moment, how these two pictures might compare?

This election poster**

... and this (BBC)

True colours indeed.

Ivan died. His death will have hurt more people than Mr Cameron alone, but they don't seem to have realised something so very basic about people, friends and family in their desire to hurt - and make political gain.
Mrs R was clearly a bit tardy with this post, because the poster was withdrawn.

Withdrawing the poster doesn't, however, alter the thinking behind it.


Macheath said...

I doubt those responsible for the poster thought of anything at all beyond their own cleverness at thinking up such a wonderful demagogic device.

After all, a department so wrapped up in their own little world that they believed the 'Gene Hunt' poster would be a good idea can't have that much of a grip on reality.

Mrs Rigby said...

You're right, and their thinking seems to have spilled into government departments too.

The poster was, apparently, withdrawn, something I wasn't aware of when this post was written.

John R said...

We've all known for a while that the NuLieBore leadership is composed of a troop of unprincipled scum. I'm sure that in their 13 years of misrule they have encouraged behaviour of this type in all parts of governement - it's the way they think.

This is just a (rare) bit of clear evidence that confirms it.

Vote them out on May crap about hung Parliaments, go for throat, get rid of them all.

Macheath said...

Withdrawing the poster doesn't, however, alter the thinking behind it.

Very true, and in any case, as Marmite found out last week, the phrase has little meaning in an internet-savvy society. Once the cat's out of the bag, so to speak, there's no chance of rounding it up and putting it back (just ask Stuart MacLennan).

'Unprincipled scum' sums them up beautifully - wish I'd thought of the phrase!

Mrs Rigby said...

@ both - We seem to think the same.