The Mystery of the Tory Euro-literature That Didn’t Arrive
Posted by jonathanfryer on Sunday, 24th May, 2009
Over the past few days, postal voters across London have been putting their crosses on their ballot papers and sending them off — but not a few are puzzled that they have had no European election literature from the Conservatives. That’s true where I live in Tower Hamlets, for example: we’ve had leaflets from the LibDems and from Labour, and from a whole dolly-mixture of fringe parties, but nothing from the Tories. Rumour has it that this is because the Conservatives printed their election address in the wrong format, and the Royal Mail is refusing to deliver it, unless they are paid a premium mark-up. Can anyone elucidate further?
The other evening, as postal ballots were arriving in my area, a small group of Tory activists was standing outside Mile End tube station leafleting, though the reception they were getting from the punters was cool. They looked endearingly grateful when I actually asked for one of their handouts — but I was astonished to see that is was all about Boris Johnson and his record during the first year of his London Mayoralty. Not a word about the European elections on the 4th of June. What is going on here?
Mind you, it is probably a good thing that Tory Euro-literature isn’t getting to the voters, as it might depress the party’s performance even more. David Cameron seems to have little to offer the electorate except the promise of a retrospective referendum on the Lisbon Treaty (how about truly important matters such as European cooperation to get us out of the economic crisis, to combat climate change or to tackle cross-border crime?) and a pledge to leave the largest group in the European Parliament, the EPP (Christian Democrats/Conservatives), to link up with some tiny, anti-gypsy, homophobic right-wing parties from Poland and the Czech Republic. Bizarre.
(P.S. I tried to get an official photo of Conservative Party leader David Cameron to illustrate this piece from the party’s photo gallery website, but Google informed me that it was not available because ‘there is a probem with this website’s security certificate’)