Election Selection : Week 5

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Storm the barricades: Power Boy Pip in his ‘The North Face’ windcheater doesn’t know whether to laugh at Cllr Brian Kenny in a hi-viz jacket or cry that he could have been the MP for Wirral West

Corbyn’s Tour of Wirral

As we have previously highlighted, the Wirral West constituency is the only local point of interest for us in the forthcoming General Election as it promises to be a closely contested marginal seat . Hence the presence of Jezza himself yesterday on West Kirby beach in support of current Labour MP, Margaret Greenwood. Let’s face it – in terms of profile it’s an improvement on ‘Lord’ Prescott and Labour Deputy John McDonnell who turned up to do the good cop/bad cop routine last time around.

Nevertheless our sources tell us it was much like the weather –  despite the numbers it was a bit of a damp squib. Organisers couldn’t quite co-ordinate the Corbyn motorcade with The Velvelettes classic  ‘He Was Really Sayin’ Somethin’ booming out on the PA – but full marks (or should that be Marx) for trying.

Corbyn turned up later as the support act for The Libertines at Prenton Park at the ‘Wirral Live’ concerts taking place over the weekend – although we’re not sure it’s exactly ethical that people turning up for a pop concert should be involuntarily treated to a party political broadcast on behalf of the Labour Party. Having said that we couldn’t name a Libertines tune between us here at Leaky Towers. But we suspect that lead singer Pete Doherty would most definitely feel at home round here and would have no doubt provided a boost to the local economy. Just sayin’

Working Hard For Frankenfield

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Some of you lucky people have received Birkenhead MP Frank Field’s campaign leaflet published by his political agent Cllr George Davies. We know this as we’ve been forwarded a copy. First thing to say is why did Gorgeous George bother wasting Labour party funds on publishing such a pointless item when we all know that all Frankenfield needs to do to get elected is NOT support a corrupt local regime complicit in the abuse of vulnerable people. Oh………..

The leaflet is most curious as Frankenfield seems to concede that the forthcoming General Election is a foregone conclusion.

He says he’s going to:

  • Push the new government to negotiate a Brexit settlement that makes our country fairer and more prosperous while enabling us to control our own borders ,our own laws and our own taxpayer’ money
  • Build pressure on the new government to protect and strengthen the NHS and social care
  • Encourage the new government to place every household automatically onto the cheapest available tariff for their gas and electricity

So is he saying – the Conservative Party is a shoo-in or that he will be challenging his own party? Modern politics can be so confusing! As far as we’re concerned there appears to be a hare’s breath between all of the political parties after your vote. Not least when you consider Theresa May’s Tory Smorgasbord of policies nicked from left,right and centre.

For example did you know that analysis of party manifestos by Resolution Foundation shows Jeremy Corbyn would go ahead with most of former Tory chancellor George Osborne’s planned benefits cuts. This includes at least a £7bn slash to welfare even if Labour wins power. Apparently three-quarters of the huge package of benefit cuts announced by the former chancellor in 2015 are yet to be implemented, including a major reduction in support given to the low-paid, and limiting payments to families with more than two children. Did Jezza mention any of this during his rousing speeches over the weekend?  Just askin’ .

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/may/20/labour-manifesto-keep-planned-tory-benefit-cuts-resolution-foundation?CMP=share_btn_tw

Finally – we just need to reiterate our apolitical credentials. We do not intend to exert any political influence over our readers. All we ask is that you question everything, especially when ongoing political campaigns seem to confirm the old adage that politics is showbiz for ugly people!

 

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10 thoughts on “Election Selection : Week 5

  1. G’day “Interested”

    The Good Lord has described little “kenny’s” high viz jacket as high viz ha ha ha.

    Explain “Highbrow’s” high viz to the great man “Interested”.

    little kenny is a nobody and a nothing in that dull top.

    Ooroo

    James

    I reckon “Highbrow’s” high viz is nuclear powered as is he.

    • My Lord,

      The Aussie is correct. Highbrow’s
      high vis is the actual physical manifestation of the laws of Quantum Physics.

      And as for that other fellow… well..
      ….the Aussie has said it all….

  2. This looks like it was written by a five year old. Deeply disappointed, as the inaccuracies and spin, divert from your usual nonpartisan reports and damages your reputation in that matter.

    • Hi Arthur

      Thanks for the feedback. Can you highlight the inaccuracies for us?
      We thought the post was non-partisan as we made reference to the policies of both major parties. It just so happens that Jezza was the main focus as he was in town. Moreover we don’t do spin – because we are not pushing a particular political viewpoint. We just have a jaundiced view of the entire political circus and ask readers to do their own research and make up their own mind.

      We welcome criticism because a) we dish it out and should expect it back and b) it encourages debate and discussion.

      Regards

      • Shut up Arthur !
        Arthur go away this is for grown ups who have the ability to decide without being colour blind , the good the bad and very ugly , your comment suggest you have a preference for colour go post on their page , you will get the positive stroking you clearly seek from there…

      • Now! Now ! – play nice.
        Thanks for your support but we’re a broad church here and we have broad shoulders to match.
        Lord knows we don’t need another Jeanette Stewart episode – ain’t nobody got time for that!

        Regards

      • The references to the manifesto’s being similar!! You’re not serious; have you even bothered to read the Labour one? It’s the most radical since 1983 ffs! McDonnell has put £10 aside (it’s there in the manifesto) to counter Gideon’s slash and trash of the welfare state. It’ll be reversed in the first budget, if elected, as McDonnell has been publicly saying all week. Keep up..just sayin’, and keep your serfs on a leash, Lord Leaky!

      • Hi Arthur
        We’ve never read a manifesto and never will.
        However we did read the Resolution Foundation analysis. They studied the manifestos and were critical of both major parties plans when it comes to welfare.

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