Wallasey Tories switch from scoring ‘own goals’ to taking ‘own scalps’

 
 
 

Darren Dodd took Liscard Ward for Labour. Ex Cllr Leah Fraser had hoped to keep her Council seat and also oust Labour's Angela Eagle from Parliament. Neither was to be.

7th May 2010 

Wallasey Tories’ election tacticians boasted that they were hunting for a particular ‘scalp’ – Adrian’s.  But in light of this election outcome Adrian – scalp intact –  advises them:  ‘I commend you back to your cowboy comics’.       

Despite their relentless propaganda storm, seemingly financed by a millionaire in an offshore tax controversy and by local debt collectors, Wallasey’s Tory politicians have just experienced one of their greatest pastings in living memory.  Statistics are available from the web link below.       

http://www.wirral.gov.uk/election/results/2010-05-06/Seacombe.shtm              

 
 
 

With 62.75% of the votes cast Adrian, right, had a huge majority over the four other candidates. He is seen here with Angela Eagle who was returned to Parliament with another massive majority of more than 8,000 votes. Cllr John Salter is to the left of the picture.

 Taking their defeats with customary ill grace the Tories will, doubtless, now set about blaming everyone but themselves.  But they ignored one of the most basic tenets of democracy – not to insult the voting public with distortions and propaganda.    It is morally wrong – and it backfires. What a pity they cannot learn from the great artist and hymn writer William Blake: 

 “A truth that’s told with bad intent, beats all the lies you can invent.”   
 
That is the mother and father of propaganda.  An infamous exponent of the technique once proclaimed that if a falsity is repeated often enough it will be believed.  But that only works for a while; those who still have not learned that lesson are punished by the electorate. 
 
But, for Labour, Wallasey Tories’ propaganda fantasies were God’s gift from heaven – the more they peddled misinformation the more there was for us to expose. 

Amongst their most shameful examples was their misuse of the ‘Allandale’ situation – misrepresenting a kids’ youth club of all things for propaganda – it back-fired on them terribly because we had only to print the truth to ridicule their distortions.     

 

Angela Eagle congratulates Anne McArdle - elected to Leasowe ward for Labour

Perhaps their greatest single shot in their own foot was the defector’s presentation of himself as somebody who campaigned against the SAR when he in fact called for the closure of Guinea Gap Baths and Seacombe Library declaring it would be ‘For the greater good’.   Their attempt to present him as having done the opposite fooled nobody.  Their adoption of a defector to deliver their general election candidate’s election leaflets into the letter boxes of the loyal Seacombe Labour voters who put him where he is must surely have cost them many, many, votes?     

An amusing incident occurred when Cllr John Salter and Adrian called into one of the polling stations and the chap with a blue rosette looked embarrassed saying ‘I don’t really know why I’m doing this.  They came round to my house and badgered me to help – but I’d already voted for Angela Eagle.’    What possible comment could we make about that one?        

Pat Glasman with her election agent Jenny Smiley, seated, and Angela. Pat won New Brighton Ward for Labour.

Another Tory number taker, who we suspect to be wavering, was left stranded with his number taking pad when Adrian called at about 9.15pm to say it was now all over and the Labour number taker could knock off.  It seems the Tories were so disorganised they hadn’t even given their chap advice about finishing!  Adrian gave him a lift.        

There are great tasks ahead and now the elections, general and local, are over Adrian has a list of people he has promised to represent, if re-elected.       

He gives his thanks to the People of Seacombe, Egremont, Poulton and Somerville for once more returning him – this year with almost 63% of the votes cast and an overwhelming majority over all other candidates combined.  Adrian will continue, scalp intact, unlike so many of those whose Tory election organisers bragged they’d take his but cost them theirs.         

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  1. What a sad day for Wallasey, and a sad day for Liscard. THAT’S MAY BE YOUR VIEW, ALEX, BUT IT’S NOT THE VIEW OF THE MAJORITY WHO LIVE THERE.

    Cllr Jones – you talk about propaganda but what about the lies that your party put out about the closure of sure start and loss of benefits if the Tories were to win. They are examples of propaganda.

    NO ALEX, THEY ARE NOT PROPAGANDA – WE ARE MERELY PRINTING THE WHOLE TRUTH WHEREAS THE TORIES LEFT OUT THE PART OF THE WHOLE TRUTH THAT WOULD HAVE DEMOLISHED THEIR CLAIMS AS UTTERLY FALSE. EVERY TIME THEY DO THAT WE ARE GIVEN AMMUNITION TO EXPOSE THEM. PEOPLE ARE NOT STUPID – THE TORY TECHNIQUE OF PRINTING HALF TRUTHS IS NOW SO DISCREDITED THAT IT MUST HAVE PLAYED A SIGNIFICANT PART IN THEIR COLLAPSE AT THE POLLS IN WALLASEY WARDS AND CONSTITUENCY. I SUGGEST YOU LOOK AT OUR POSTING OF 12TH MAY BEFORE YOU MAKE ANY JUDGMENT ABOUT THE VALUE OF TORY PROMISES. WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN MORE OPENLY MISLEADING THAN WHAT THEY CLAIMED ABOUT EGREMONT AND SEACOMBE SURESTART?

    Where in their manifesto do they say this? THEY DIDN’T HAVE TO PUT IT IN THEIR MANIFESTO – IT WAS IN THEIR LEAFLETS PEDDLED HERE IN WALLASEY.

    I would be grateful for a response. GLAD TO OBLIGE. AND BY THE WAY, ALEX, HAVEN’T YOU BEEN LISTENING TO THE NEWS? ARE YOU NOW SO SURE THAT TAX CREDITS ARE GOING TO BE SAFE UNDER A CON-DEM GOVERNMENT?

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