Cameron’s ‘Lidl people’ just aren’t interested in him


Last weekend David Cameron announced he had made a discovery: there were “Lidl People” out there — and they should all vote for him, according to Labour’s Douglas Alexander.

“It is not hard to see why the Prime Minister is suddenly feeling the need to patronise new groups of voters.

“Because two months on from Mr Cameron beginning a relentlessly negative Tory election campaign, he has precious little to show for it. Arrogance is giving way to anxiety within the Tory ranks.

“Downing Street apparently answer questions about why he is so absent from the crises around the world by saying: “There’s a general election on, you wouldn’t expect the PM to spend much time on foreign policy.”

“But it is not working for him here either. All he has really proved in the past eight weeks is that he has no problem with MPs having second jobs, won’t act on tax avoidance and seems scared of a TV debate with Ed Miliband.

“Although there will be many twists and turns between now and polling day, the arrogance of the Conservative leadership — which assumed it would be cantering on ahead by this stage — has already shown itself to be misplaced.

Indeed, there is a growing sense of doubt, even desperation, coming from their campaign.

“There are reports of internal criticism about the negativity, a paint-by-the-numbers strategy, as well as a distinct lack of vision or optimism for the future.

“Boris Johnson is attacking their disastrous failed plan on immigration as he prepares his leadership bid after the election — and there are even reports about how allies are preparing a “Save Dave” campaign if he loses the election.

“By contrast, Labour is making the running as we set out our better plan for a better future for young people, for the NHS and for working families.

“Over the next couple of weeks we will be focusing more on living standards across the country. Because our party is rooted in the lives of working families, not talking over the heads of voters with big money and big posters.

“By the end of this week we will have already held more than one million doorstep conversations with voters. This puts us on course to meet Ed Miliband’s target of having a record four million before polling day.

“The heart of our campaign is a dialogue with the public, away from the sound and fury of Westminster. It is in these everyday conversations with local people, in communities across the country, that we’re making progress — not by patronising anyone as ‘Lidl people’.”

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11 thoughts on “Cameron’s ‘Lidl people’ just aren’t interested in him

  1. NMac

    They are seen by the vast majority, including some of their own supporters, as the extremely Nasty Party and no amount of last-minute cajolery or bribery will alter that.

  2. Pete B

    This is the most important General Election in our lifetime.I am sixtyish,and have voted in every General Election.

    What is different about this one is what is at stake.Labour are by no means perfect.But you can talk to them.I remember disabled people chaining themselves to Downing Street Gates when Blair was in power.It was all over the News.

    But now,people are killing themselves and it is not reported.Mass demonstrations are not reported.Its like living in the Soviet Union under Tass and Pravda.Propaganda is now the News.

    Ed has promised to implement Leveson, this is part of the reason for the concentrated attack on Ed by the right-wing press. He has promised to get rid of the Evil Bedroom Tax on day one. No ifs or buts, it’s going.

    Look back to 2010,a mere 5 years ago. How bad was it under Brown? For those unfortunate enough to be unemployed, sick or disabled, you were more or less guaranteed a roof over your head and food in your belly. And no – Brown did not crash our economy, it was a global recession. In fact there were green shoots of recovery in 2010, only to be burned by Osborne’s scorched earth policy.

    Under the Condem alliance, homelessness is up, food bank use is up. Hope for the future for many is non-existent. What Iain Duncan Smith is doing with sanctions is akin to putting a pet dog in a wardrobe, not feeding it for days and banging the sides of the wardrobe with a stick every hour.

    What will happen to the dog? It will either come out cowed, anxious and nervous, never trusting again – or it could come out wanting to bite anyone who comes near. Is this the sort of society we want and think is fair?

    The only way to stop this Evil ConDem alliance is to vote Labour. No other party can form a majority against them.

    1. Bookmanwales

      I agree. This is probably the most important election since the 1945 election. Had the Tories won then we would no doubt have seen no NHS, no welfare state and would all still be living 3 families per run down shack.

      A Tory win in this election will without doubt return us to those dark disease and hunger ridden days.

      Whilst New Labour were undoubtedly bad news for the working class they at least had Gordon Brown to temper some of the excesses and thank for the introduction of working tax credits. No matter this is a subsidy for business at least it gave those on low wages a lifeline, this is something the Tories desperately wish to discard in order to get us working for a £1 a day to compete with Bangladesh, India and other non developed countries.

      We can only hope that all those already affected by and those who will be affected by Tory slash and burn policies will be bothered to stand up and be counted God help us all if they don’t !!

  3. jaypot2012

    I agree that Labour need to be elected BUT they too go on and on about the “working families” – do they not see the unemployed, disabled, impoverished and sanctioned people – or do they ignore them like this lot have done over the past 5 years?

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      The people you mentioned are all hard-working – just to keep their heads above water.

  4. thelovelywibblywobblyoldlady

    David Cameron, our very own Leona Helmsley… Twenty-nine years ago, billionaire hotel magnate Leona Helmsley told one of her housekeepers: “We don’t pay taxes; taxes are what the little people pay.”

    Her words set off a firestorm that spanned the political spectrum.

    Today, the US tax system (and ours for that matter) has become so rigged by Helmsley’s modern disciples that her belief that only “little people” pay taxes increasingly shapes our tax system.

    Maybe he meant to say “little” people instead of “Lidl” people … just saying 🙂

  5. illogicalpositivism

    Big Dave, so sad to be a “OneTimePrime”. On the bright side we get to boot out the ConDems and laugh large while they do the media round after the election defending their (criminal) record and what went wrong. And all before the encore act with Buffoon Boris and the Leadership Challenge. Should be a script for a comedy show!

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