Leaked: new Tory Party election posters

Last Updated: July 23, 2014By


  1. Jim Brinton July 23, 2014 at 11:38 am - Reply

    It says “If you want a n****r for a neighbour, vote for the labour party”. I shit you not.

    • Mike Sivier July 23, 2014 at 5:08 pm - Reply

      That’s right. I hope you know your 20th century political history well enough to understand when those words were used before and why Tom Pride has recalled them satirically now?

  2. Sean C. July 23, 2014 at 4:57 pm - Reply

    It’s got a racist word in it so I’d rather that you removed this image.

    • Mike Sivier July 23, 2014 at 5:06 pm - Reply

      Perhaps you are unaware of the historical significance of the phrase? It was a slogan used by Conservative candidates in the 1964 general election campaign, if I remember my history properly. The reader is invited to link Tory behaviour then with Tory behaviour now.
      If you’re trying to suggest that Tom Pride, who wrote the article, is a racist, then you’re barking up the wrong tree. Your knee-jerk reaction against the language used says more about yourself than it does about him, or me.
      For what it’s worth, I was surprised at the use of the old slogan – but I understood the point. That’s why I reblogged it.

      • Sean C. July 23, 2014 at 5:17 pm - Reply

        I know that it was used a long time ago but it’s not acceptable now. It’s no “kneejerk reaction” and I’m not accusing Tom Pride of being racist but I’m sure that many people would rather not see it used in this fashion in the same way that I’m tired of seeing the “Arbeit macht Frei” slogan going around again and again.

        • Mike Sivier July 23, 2014 at 5:23 pm - Reply

          But ‘Arbeit macht frei’ – as used in relation to Workfare etc – has just as much relevance as this!
          If you don’t think these things are acceptable, then I certainly hope you are also complaining to the relevant members of the government and to David Cameron.
          Have you complained to Iain Duncan Smith about Workfare?
          Have you complained to David Cameron about the implication that Labour would allow open immigration into this country?

          • Sean C July 23, 2014 at 5:57 pm

            Every day, I email IDS and I am a constant thorn in the side of the DWP, the Tories and the Lib Dems. I never give in.

          • Mike Sivier July 23, 2014 at 7:00 pm

            If you are attacking them about these subjects, then good.
            But please, stop and think for a moment before jumping in to attack someone who has found another, effective, way to be a thorn – as you put it.

  3. Jim Brinton July 24, 2014 at 5:31 am - Reply

    From the charming Peter Griffiths in 1964. (He denied using it of course)

    I should think that is a manifestation of the popular feeling. I would not condemn anyone who said that. I would say that is how people see the situation in Smethwick. I fully understand the feelings of the people that say it. I would say it is exasperation, not fascism.

    • Mike Sivier July 24, 2014 at 8:17 am - Reply

      Or racism? Or, at least, playing on people’s racist feelings for political gain?

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