Saturday 9 April 2005

Blue is the colour... least in southern Scotland. I went out for an extended drive today, most of which was in the Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale parliamentary constituency. I haven't seen any sign of electioneering in Edinburgh but the Tories are certainly active to the south of here. Virtually the first non-residential building I spotted in Moffat was the well-signed Tory HQ. There were lots of Conservative posters in the fields - yes I know farmers are usually Tory voters but I don't recall seeing so many blue signs when driving around southern England during previous campaigns. The town of Biggar had "Mundell" placards on just about every other lamppost and there were more in many of the villages. There was no sign of any other party activity on my trip. Even lambs were painted blue; none were red, green or yellow!

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David Farrer said...

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Stuart Dickson
- "Renfrewshire and Ayrshire yesterday I saw zero sign of election activity" 
1. There are no marginal constituencies in Renfrewshire or Ayshire. 
2. Posters (and lambs) do not vote; as the Tories are about to find out to their cost in Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale & Tweeddale. 
Why didn't I spot the "golden fleece" jest opportunity?

11 April 2005, 20:28:24 GMT+01:00
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David Farrer
I agree with Alan - it's unlikely that the Tories will win many (if any) seats here. 
More urban readers may not know that sheep are often painted with coloured marks to identify the owners. I'm not clear if Alan knows that - if so, apologies. I note that Alan is from Paisley and one doesn't see too many sheep there - apart from Labour voters of course! 
I didn't see any golden fleece. As for painting lambs blue, I'm sure they were far too young to remember the poll tax!  
On a trip to Renfrewshire and Ayrshire yesterday I saw zero sign of election activity.

11 April 2005, 07:49:49 GMT+01:00
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I can remember when you could get a Scottish conservative standing under the designation "National Liberal & Unionist": three for the price of one - a bargain.

10 April 2005, 16:15:01 GMT+01:00
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Stuart Dickson
- "Even lambs were painted blue; none were red, green or yellow!" 
Should that not be: 
"... none were red, gold or yellow!" 
In Scotland yellow is the colour of the SNP, and gold the colour of the Liberal Democrats. Not unless you are suggesting that the Scottish Green Party are about to overtake the Lib Dems as one of Scotland's four largest parties? 
Is painting lambs blue not a breach of their baaanimal rights?

10 April 2005, 08:38:31 GMT+01:00
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One poll from mori, although probably a rogue poll, even had the tories in second place, they seem to have improved a bit 
However they are unlikely to win more than 1 seat and scotland will probably remain a labour zone basically 
also painting sheep seems a strange way of showing politics

10 April 2005, 03:18:42 GMT+01:00
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Chris A
Do you think the Conservatives can acquire some seats in Scotland then? 
Are the Tories still 'despised' in Scotland? They lost seats in the 97' election because the Scottish people couldn't forgive them for the poll tax (and other things).

10 April 2005, 00:29:19 GMT+01:00