Tuesday, 17 February 2009

Which message?

The leader of the Repeal the Hunting Act Party visited Carmarthen briefly yesterday. He came, he bought a bun, and he departed. He'd obviously been well-briefed by his party's local candidate to talk about anything other than his candidate's main objective.

The problem is that he seems to be less well-briefed on what to say about anything else. In an article in the Guardian today, he managed to say that "I am a confirmed localist, committed to turning Britain's pyramid of power on its head". But not when he visits Wales, apparently, since he seems to have ruled out any further transfer of powers to this corner of the empire if he ever gets into government.

He also maintained the line that the recession and collapse of the financial markets are all the fault of the government, and nothing at all to do with the short-sellers and gamblers who provide a substantial part of his party's UK finances, and almost the whole of the local constituency's funding.

No, it's nothing at all to do with his rich friends and their gambling and speculating. It's all the fault of Labour that Wales' GDP per head lags so far behind that of England after 10 years of Labour rule. Presumably it was also the government's fault that Wales suffered in the same way between 1979 and 1997 when his lot were making the decisions? Or maybe someone from Conservative HQ will make a quick visit to Wikipedia to change the facts and show that Wales was really well-off after 18 years of Tory rule...

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