This general election is about your values

Martin Freeman explains the differences between Labour and the Tories in a new video.

Martin Freeman explains the differences between Labour and the Tories in a new video.

The stars have come out to support Labour.

Both Martin Freeman (Watson in the BBC’s Sherlock – among many, many other great roles) and David Tennant (currently enjoying ratings joy in the second season of ITV’s Broadchurch; formerly the star of the BBC’s Doctor Who) appear on Labour’s latest YouTube video, talking about the ideological differences between Labour and the Conservatives.

At first glance, this might seem to support the “stark contrast” between just two choices that David Cameron suggested today, but it seems to this writer that supporters of the other parties will find the comparison just as useful. Where do their own values lie? Some might be more extreme than the Tories; many may be further to the Left than Labour.

It seems worthwhile to have someone stand up and say how this translates on the ground. Here’s the video:

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3 thoughts on “This general election is about your values

  1. amnesiaclinic

    This is actually excellent. The conservatives are offering ‘sod all’ for young people.

    An excellent take on ‘British values’ that should make cameron squirm.

  2. Jenny Hambidge

    Absolutely fine until the mention of “working families” !!!! Excludes a) those unable to work because of age -(O-16 or retired ) or infirmity, and those single people on their own
    who weirdly do not have families! We exist too

    1. Ian

      I think there’s something a bit sinister in this whole ‘hardworkingfamilies’ thing. I remember hearing it first from Gordon Brown some time before 2010 and thought then it sounded a bit iffy, like it might have come from the government’s nudge unit.

      They must have a reason for repeating this phrase ad nauseam because on it’s own it makes no sense, really. What point are they trying to get across without stating it openly?

      Sadly, it sounds to me that they are trying the same trick as they Tories and their blatantly divisive strivers versus skivers nonsense, creating a sense of self-righteousness amongst voters, particularly low paid, low status voters who nobody really pays any attention to. The politicians are giving a misleading impression that benefit claimants are worthless scroungers and that they, the politicians, are here to redress the balance… None of them have any intention of improving the lot of the low paid, just worsening the lot of the sick and unemployed. That is what is behind Atos and the sanctions regime, in my opinion. It astounds me that people fall for it but I guess some people will vote for a punch in the face as long as someone else gets a punch in the face and a kick in the knackers. Spite, the Conservatives main weapon.

      Of course the longer term aim is to ,make us benefit claimants feel like ess aitch one tee and make us look like that to others, using social pressure to change behaviour, hence my comment about the nudge unit earlier…

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