Monday, February 15, 2010

I've never voted Tory before...

The latest tranche of Conservative campaign posters have been launched, and the spoofing has been instantaneous.

To be frank, the posters look like supermarket ads for Bovril or Bisto, and the headline runs the risk of reinforcing the tribal reasons for people never having voted Conservative in the past (isn't it a rule in marketing that you never reinforce the negative?). But the use of the word 'Tory' is interesting: the Party has complained in the past when some sections of the media (ie the BBC) have used it as a deprecatory term (as it was originally), yet now they appear to embrace the vernacular.

As bland as these posters might be, the spoofs are ubiquitous, and they save the Party millions in advertising as they go viral. Favourite so far:


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting to note there is no father in the picture - I'm sure that's not accidental

15 February 2010 at 14:25  
Blogger Sinful Soul said...

Your Grace,

I`ve never voted Tory before,and would have done this time if Cameron`s "cast-iron" promises had`nt turned out to be made of tissue paper.

15 February 2010 at 14:27  
Blogger F.G.S.A said...

Ah Bovril! If only we could return to the values of marmite sandwiches and currant pies.

15 February 2010 at 14:30  
Anonymous jeremy hyatt said...

I've never voted Tory before because it is condemned as an abomination in the Book of Leviticus.

(Voting Tory, that is. There was a lot of mistranslating going on. Fact.)

15 February 2010 at 14:43  
Anonymous graham Wood said...

YG I wonder if the little fellow realises he has a vote.
Its more than a little ambiguous - do 7 year olds who are NOT devotees of the Power Rangers also get a vote?
Anyway, its 'sexist'. What about little girls?

15 February 2010 at 14:48  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your Grace

And so the Conservatives chase after new voters – having abandoned millions of their natural voters; as per Lord Tebbit:

‘In 1992, 14.2 million people voted Conservative. In 2001, when you were leader, only people 8.4 million voted Conservative. That is 5.8 million Tories had gone missing. They had not all died or emigrated.

‘In the meantime, NuLab’s 1997 total of 13.5 million voters had diminished to 9.5 million. I doubt if many of those missing 4 million will return this year. They will mostly sit on their hands at home or vote BNP.’

15 February 2010 at 14:48  
Blogger Frugal Dougal said...

I'm not sure we should be giving socialists these opportunities to divert themselves and others from the their incipient civil war; why don't we just let them tear themselves apart from a couple of months then act quickly and decisively?

15 February 2010 at 15:06  
Blogger John.D said...

You know this new Notting Hill breed of pukesters? Well they sum up the exclusiveness of Cameron's Tory Party for me; I could never see myself having tea and biscuits at one of their hustings. It's just simply not for working class people. So:

#ivenevervotedtorybefore - but I do throw tantrums.

15 February 2010 at 15:15  
Anonymous jazerou said...

#ivenervervotedtory - but I still know where the decimal point goes!

15 February 2010 at 15:25  
Blogger Anabaptist said...

I've always voted Tory before (except once, when I followed Enoch Powell into the wilderness), but I shall certainly not be doing so this time.

15 February 2010 at 15:41  
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15 February 2010 at 15:45  
Anonymous Hereward said...

Why have they chosen the same colour as Barclays Bank?

15 February 2010 at 15:53  
Anonymous Petros said...

It must be a con.
The woman looks far too young to be a grandmother looking after the children.

15 February 2010 at 16:44  
Blogger Oswin said...

I regret not having earned a fortune in 'advertising' ....I'm sure my own inadequacies would have been better served in pouring-out such puling muck; instead I opted for 'working for a living' ...what a damned fool!

15 February 2010 at 16:55  
Anonymous Tony B said...

The father is of course at work. No family friendly policies in sight.

15 February 2010 at 17:01  
Anonymous not a machine said...

I think Old Holborns one of the Blairs made me chuckle .

15 February 2010 at 17:36  
Blogger Gnostic said...

I'm with Anabaptist. I've always voted Tory but not this time...

15 February 2010 at 17:50  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your Grace

Do you read what Anabaptist and Gnostic are saying?

The Conservatives reject millions like me (natural conservatives (with a small 'c')) and then gamble upon new voters.

Cameron could still change the direction his weathervane is pointing to.

Think about it - political discourse is framed by EU law in this country. Free us from the EU, free our country, give us liberty, security and freedom: kill the prospect of a hung parliament.

But he relies upon an analysis that was formulated in the Blair years - does he not know that a week in politics is a long time?

Did not the voters who voted BNP and UKIP tell you something?

It is you politicians that have pushed us into the arms of those who express our hopes: BNP or UKIP?

Don't blame the people.

15 February 2010 at 18:24  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your Grace

If a hung parliament is delivered, by we hold sovereignty, we the people, after 13 years of socialism: Cameron is finished.

You are right. Negative campaigning is not going to deliver this General Election.

You speak about ‘spiritual aesthetics’. You are right.

The people are weary.

Cameron cannot deliver, because he has not experienced the ‘dark night of the soul’. That tunnel, that one must pass through; its pain, its nightmares, its hope and its glory; where one emerges, from the undergrowth and lands in that clear spring meadow, where the lark sings, and the trees clap their hands.

And before one, there, there, the iron crosses grow.

15 February 2010 at 19:08  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is the Conservative 'High Command' thinking in its bunker?

Give me rain, or give me night.

15 February 2010 at 19:20  
Anonymous Ginro said...

How about:

"I've never voted Tory before because we live in a Labour heartland and we have always voted Labour and always will vote Labour even when the Labour Government is lying and corrupt to the core, shafting the people left, right, and centre and turning the country into a cesspit. Because after all, Labour is the working man's party, isn't it?"

Not that those sentiments apply to me. Never voted Labour, and I hope I never do.

15 February 2010 at 19:21  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your Grace

When Cameron talks about 'courting the homosexual vote' and emulating Blair; does he not think about those of us who stand in the middle of the public square?

You know? Well tell him, we have; girl friends and wives who vote; tell him we have brothers and sisters; tell him we have cousins, aunts and uncles with families of their own. Tell him about our clans. Aye! Tell him. Tell him about the conservative communities - who are sick and tired of the socialist agenda.

Tell him we attend temples, synagogues and churches.

Tell him.

15 February 2010 at 19:45  
Blogger Archbishop Cranmer said...

Mr D. Singh,

Alas, Mr Cameron has not listened to His Grace since they had dinner together two weeks before he became Leader.

15 February 2010 at 19:48  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Then a hung parliament it shall be.

Good night, gentlemen.

15 February 2010 at 19:53  
Anonymous ABGB said...

You're right about negative campaigning of course... but we've just started a negative campaign against Mr Brown. So far it seems to be working!

15 February 2010 at 20:40  
Anonymous len said...

Mr Cameron might be better to focus on the silent majority instead of the vocal minority.
This country has been led about by the nose( or is it by the ear)by those who shout loudest.

To echo Mr Singh, someone tell him.

15 February 2010 at 21:33  
Anonymous Tony B said...

I once voted Tory, because my Dad told me to.

15 February 2010 at 22:29  
Blogger ukipwebmaster said...

Tory Tombstone:

16 February 2010 at 01:15  
Anonymous Voyager said...

Looks like Cameron had Osborne's nanny pose for this photograph. Not as 'diverse' as his imposed candidate list however !

16 February 2010 at 06:48  
Anonymous Adrian P said...

What happened to the father.

Oh, here he is

17 February 2010 at 01:18  
Blogger Oswin said...

I once voted 'Liberal'....just the once....but there again, I once liked the occasional rusk!

17 February 2010 at 20:40  

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