Tuesday 5 April 2005

Only four weeks to go

I had my first election experience on the way home tonight when I called into Ryrie's Bar for my evening pint. The guy next to me had a pile of Labour leaflets on the bar and I engaged him in conversation. He asked me how I was going to vote and I replied that I had yet to make up my mind. Good, he said: "Take one of these." I explained that voting Labour was out of the question *, also that I wouldn't be voting for the LibDems (who are based across the street), and probably not for the SNP. He then spotted that I was wearing a tie and suddenly realised that I might be - shock, horror - a Tory.

I confessed that I had voted that way in the past but was now in a quandary. The Conservatives had supported ID cards and I am against them. That mystified him somewhat: surely a "right-winger" would favour them? I complained that the Tories had failed to propose a modest reduction in state spending such as, for starters, abolishing the NHS and privatising schools. He was now in need of another pint or something stronger. On the other hand, I confessed that the prospect of a hitherto unexpected Labour defeat meant that I could be tempted to vote Tory after all. But then I drew his attention to the coming bankruptcy of state pension schemes, a likely crash in house prices (perhaps triggered off by the liquidation of General Motors), an inevitable firing of masses of government workers (sic), the reduction of the Scottish block grant and all sorts of events every one of which would be blamed on whomever was in power at the time even if they all happened the day after the election. So maybe it would be best if Tony and/or Gordon got back in. I think that at least one Labour canvasser is now thoroughly confused.

(* What's the point in being a Banana Republic without the hot weather?)

1 comment:

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Neil Craig
Symposium : from the Greek for drinking together.

6 April 2005, 18:52:26 GMT+01:00
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Just you listen to the Beeb: if everything goes wrong under Labour next time, it will turn out to be the fault of Reagan, Thatcher and W.

6 April 2005, 11:59:18 GMT+01:00
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Andrew Ian Dodge
And the Lib-Dems are very keen to ban pretty much everything. Any casual watching of their Party Conf makes that fairly obvious.

6 April 2005, 11:27:20 GMT+01:00
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Stuart Dickson
Have you completed your submission form yet, to be the first-ever Scottish Libertarian candidate?

6 April 2005, 08:28:46 GMT+01:00
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David Farrer
Higher taxes and pro EU.

6 April 2005, 06:24:43 GMT+01:00
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Why are the LibDems out of the question?

6 April 2005, 00:59:10 GMT+01:00