Mandy Antoinette – the Conservative Party ‘lost their nerve’
This is a very great pity, for Lord Mandelson looks very fetching in this attire, and Cranmer wonders if His Lordship might not be more flattered than insulted.
It is reported that this image was initially greeted with enthusiasm at Conservative Campaign Headquarters. But ‘senior advisers’ to David Cameron feared that it could backfire by seeming ‘too personal’ an attack.
Cranmer would like to suggest an alternative scenario:
Mr Cameron’s ‘senior advisers’ or ‘mine sweepers’ realised that Lord Mandelson was not actually saying anything different from what any of the party’s Europhile MPs have been saying for decades.
The withdrawal of this poster had nothing to do with the attack being 'too personal'. There has been no loss of nerve: merely the realisation that Mandy Antoinette could just as easily have been supplanted by Kenny Antoinette, for Kenneth Clarke would not dissent from a word of what Peter Mandelson has said over the employment of
Red Tory or Blue Labour – the ‘middle ground’ has little to distinguish one from the other. And when it comes to foundational tenets of EU orthodoxy, the Conservative Party's censorious ‘senior advisers’ will bend over backwards to avoid accusations of xenophobia, anti-Europeanism or Europhobia.