Armchair politics


#1862

That didn’t happen, by the way.


#1863

The leaflet said coloured, but the campaign said nigger.

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Smethwick 1964


#1864

Rees-Mogg was in full lying cunt mode this morning on R4 Today.

Vile.


#1865

I imagine the great pro brexit, friend of Dacre (Humphrys) lapped it up. I’ll have to go & find it on iPlayer.


#1866

It’s been documented many times.


#1867

Yes, and it’s been debunked.


#1868

We appear to be having a bit of deja vu, Guy, because we dicussed this before.
https://www.conservativehome.com/thecolumnists/2016/11/lewis-baston-that-racist-tory-leaflet-in-smethwick-was-certainly-racist-but-it-wasnt-tory.html


#1869

It’s like Labour anti-Semitism; the fact that there are awful people in a party does not really reflect on the party leadership or membership in general.


#1870

Bu the way, I’m not suggesting the local Conservative candidate wasn’t a racist twunt of the highest order, but that leaflet didn’t come from the Conservatives.


#1871

I hadn’t discussed that leaflet before to the best of my knowledge. It is an interesting article though & in letting the racist campaigning continue (it appears by proxy) the Conservatives of the time don’t come out of it well.

I also never knew that Malcom X had visited Smethwick just prior to his being shot.

Interesting to see that Conservative MP’s today are (unusually) being whipped to oppose Labour’s humble address motion requesting the release of documents/correspondence regarding the Windrush affair. Clearly Theresa doesn’t want any of that embarassing detail to become public knowledge.


#1872

There was a lot of it around in the UK. The Labour Council in Bristol, along with the TGWU, effectively operated a colour ban on working on the local buses, as an example.


#1873

#1874

Unclickbaited


#1875

#1876

:joy: :joy: :joy: :joy:


#1877


#1878

When faced with the choice between a shit sandwich or turd a la mode, the electorate is understandably reluctant to chose one over the other. The only silver lining out of yesterday is that the very welcome end of UKIP appears to be in sight.


#1879

An alternative view is that Labour is not seen as a Government in waiting, no clear lead in the Local elections and no major gains over the Tories.

The Brexit vote and its effect on the electorate will remain dominant until we leave the EU and the transition deal ends.

All yesterdays vote tells me is that the electorate have not chosen Labour to deliver Brexit over the Tories.


#1880

Weak government and weaker opposition at such a critical juncture mean we are pretty much fucked. It’s like watching a car crash in slow motion.


#1881

Alternative headline: Voters stuck in the middle of a shit sandwich.