Should this be the new Conservative campaign poster?

It’s certainly time we had honesty from the Conservative Party in its campaigns.

Remember “Britain Isn’t Working under Labour”? They got into government as a result of that, and cut millions of jobs. Millions!

Or how about David Cameron’s airbrushed “I’ll cut the deficit, not the NHS”? He managed to get his foot in the door of Number 10 with that one, in an awkward coalition with Nick Clegg’s Tory Democrats (oh, sorry, were they supposed to be Liberal?) and set about cutting the NHS. Claims that funding has been increased every year are meaningless when all the increases were below-inflation; those are real-terms cuts, as I have written in the past.

So we come to The Pileus’s recent poster for Theresa May’s NHS (above). Already, the information is out of date (the number of NHS hospital trusts unable to cope had reached 66 the last time This Writer saw any figures), but it certainly gives us all an idea of what an honest Conservative campaign poster would be.

What a shame they’ll never produce one.

I also enjoyed The Pileus’s image showing the different party leaders’ relationship to the current crisis – one which may be very useful in the forthcoming by-elections at Stoke Central and Copeland! Here it is:

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9 thoughts on “Should this be the new Conservative campaign poster?

  1. Darren Woodiwiss

    You seem to have left Caroline Lucas off your list of party leaders and her bill to reinstate the NHS which fell due to lack of Labour support.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      It would not have got anywhere in any case because it was a private members’ bill and there was no legal obligation for the Conservative Party to take it up.
      Labour tends to concentrate on ideas that at least have a chance of succeeding. With bills like this, the party tends to send people to speak in support of the intention, while the bulk of the membership concentrates on workable projects.
      Please try to learn how your Parliament works.

      1. Darren Woodiwiss

        My understanding is that if it gets through to a vote and passes then it will take the usual way to law, just they seldom get through due to simply being talked out due to the small amount of time allocated.

      2. Joan Edington

        You’re technically right there, Mike, but the average voter would not agree. Perception is everything when it comes to most voters. Take the Scottish Independence referndum as an example. The Labour Party were on the side of the Union, which meant them often sharing a platform with the Tories. This didn’t mean that they agreed with Tory policy but the perception to many people was that they did. It resulted in them becoming known as Red Tories north of the border and losing all their seats bar one. Admittedly, Blair’s lof were pretty close to the description but in general Labour policies are nowhere near those of Tories. As I said, perception is everything and the party should show the differences by voting opposition in Westminster, even if they know they will get nowhere on a particular bill. The public need to see those differences if Labour are to get back in power.

      3. Mike Sivier Post author

        Not knee-jerk opposition to everything; that would be counter-productive.
        But I agree that Labour should be capable of demonstrating its opposition to the Tories and those Labour MPs who have rebelled against Jeremy Corbyn when he has called for such opposition should consider their futures very carefully. Two have already left and I feel sure more will follow.

  2. pipsterish

    BBC Look North have had some idiot on all morning while I was at work droning on about charging for doctor’s appointments (again) and paying for hospital “accommodation”

  3. Justin

    Missed of how many self-harm incidents there policies have caused
    I also think something about how they a kind caring compassionate and trustworthy bunch of people with pictures of the pretty red bus and there chosen few in the add as well, I mean grayling, gove,patel, ids and boris, all shining examples of excellence backed up with there mission statement of 350 million every week to the nhs, people that you could really look up or am i being cynical!!!

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