Monday, December 22, 2008

How to defend a wafer thin majority - Labour style

The Daily Telegraph reports that "A certain Richard Timney has taken to writing letters to his local newspaper, the Redditch Advertiser, extolling the virtues of the constituency MP, Jacqui Smith, the Home Secretary. Mr Timney's epistolary forays also extend to defending controversial policies such as ID cards and to launching vigorous attacks on the Conservatives. Well, it's a free country and lively political letters are meat and drink to local newspapers.

"It's just that Mr Timney also happens to be not only the Home Secretary's husband, but also her £40,000 a year 'senior researcher/parliamentary assistant'. What a perfect parable of New Labour. It combines jobs for the boys with taxpayer-funded party propaganda, all conducted in a not entirely transparent way. Alastair Campbell would approve."
Couldn't have put it better myself - although I did point out back in July that she is unlikely to get re-elected.