Perhaps unsurprisingly I was not impressed by Labour's campaign for the by-election in Crewe, which seems to be trying to woo voters on the basis that the Conservative candidate is a 'person of wealth or social importance' (or nob).
This BBC Video makes for interesting viewing, and highlights just how awful the Labour campaign is. Harriet Harman pointedly judges the Conservative candidate on the basis that she *thinks* he is a multi-millionaire. There's some waffle about being 'excessively privileged' and when it's pointed out that Ms Harman would certainly fit any reasonable definition of that phrase she bats it away by claiming that she's "not making an issue of it" in her case. That may be, but something in me thinks that Edward Timpson (the Conservative candidate) isn't making an issue of his background himself either. It's only come about because of the blatant hypocrisy of Ms Harman and her ilk.
I should add that I don't buy in to this rubbish about the Labour candidate being better because "as a hard-working mum she's more in touch with the people". I do wish that Labour would stop bleating about 'hard working people' as though having money and being 'hard working' must be mutually exclusive. I could go further and be very derogatory, noting that a lot of their supporters are probably not 'hard working' at all. In this case though, I have other gripes with the argument put forward. Firstly, as a "hard working mother of five", is this woman actually going to have time to fulfil the commitment of representing the people of Crewe? I'm sure that as people who work hard, the residents of the area would want someone who has the time to do the job of MP properly, and don't want their taxes spent on child-care while she does it. Secondly, why do people go for this nonsense about having an MP who's "just like them"? You can't have someone who's like all of the thousands of people who live in the area, and at the end of the day what people need is someone to do the job properly. People come from all sorts of different backgrounds and have all sorts of different skills, and at the end of the day, all I personally would want an MP who has well thought through ideas and can get their views across in Parliament. Whether or not he or she can mother five children is an irrelevant point. Actually, the whole thing is irrelevant, because despite the campaign's aim of coming across as "the party for the common people", the aforementioned video also makes it clear that the late Mrs Dunwoody's house was also quite something and that she would also count as being "excessively privileged".
Thinking about the Labour party, I wonder if I should have used a 'k' in this post as well. I do hope nonetheless that this campaign backfires and that Labour continue to get the thorough kicking they well and truly deserve.