Top 5 campaign car crashes
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
It's election time, so politicians everywhere are creeping out of their hovels and stepping into dodgy tracksuits, bin bags, go-karts... anything to get a picture in the local rag. But some moments have just been plain bizarre, and there's still over two weeks to go!
1. Rhodri Morgan's 'ironic' train journey on the day South Wales' trains ground to a halt. Cue headlines: First Minister running out of steam etc.
2. Rhodri on yet another mode of transport. This time it's a boat. He's donned his life jacket and is off out on a little jolly with Tony Blair. Cue headlines: Labour's sinking ship, Labour in need of a lifeline etc. Worse still, Rhodders and Tony get off the boat and embark on a steep uphill struggle back to base. They might as well just write their own scripts.
3. Dafydd Wigley squeezes into a shellsuit for the first time since 1983. This is to make old people feel better about exercising. But it just makes them feel better about not exercising in the same place as Dafydd Wigley.
4. Labour's manifesto launch is a treasure hunt for kids in oversized t-shirts. More than a week later and nobody's told Lib Dem leader Mike German that the competition is over.
5. Plaid's Adam Price MP and Labour's Arfon candidate Martin Eaglestone have a very public tiff in a North Wales car park. 'Sign my contract'. 'No, you sign my contract'. 'I asked first'. 'He wot smelt it dealt it' etc. They are suddenly interrupted when an electronic wheelchair pulls up and gets stuck into the action. Eaglestone then becomes embroiled in a Ricky Gervaisesque exchange with a very stubborn Plaid supporting disabled person. There is no exit strategy.
I apologise for the lack of balance in this item. Labour win the innovative press call hands down so it's inevitable a few will go a bit wonky.
posted by Blamerbell @ 12:02 am,
- At 1:44 am, Alwyn ap Huw said...
Dafydd Wigley squeezes into a shellsuit for the first time since 1983. This is to make old people feel better about exercising. But it just makes them feel better about not exercising in the same place as Dafydd Wigley.
I appreciate the fact that you are trying to be satirical and that, as you're sidebar says, you are only twenty-something.
Dafydd Wigley gave up active politics four years ago after a heart attack, having changed his lifestyle he is now back in the fray and very active. The importance of exercise to middle aged and older men isn't a joke. Politics aside, Dafydd's example, is one that should be lauded, not sneered at.
- At 2:25 am, Ordovicius said...
Labour's antics are hilarious, both in Wales and in the UK as a whole. But Rhodri really gets the first prize. Every time he opens his mouth is a godsend to the other parties, coupled with hapless timing...its like a Wodehouse Farce gone Welsh.
- At 7:21 am, said...
Who is Alwyn ap Huw trying to kid?
Everyone in Welsh politics knows that Dafydd Wigley gave up active politics four years ago after being stabbed in the back by Ieuan Wyn Jones and his crew.
His 'heart problems' occurred three years previously and by April 2003, he was back to his usual health.
The decision not to stand had everything to do with his relationship with Ieuan and nothing with his medical condition.
And you can imagine, they are still the best of buddies!
- At 8:10 am, Blamerbell said...
alwyn, did you see the tracksuit?
lighten up, I know the history. no offence intended and I'm pretty sure there'd be none caused.
- At 9:42 am, said...
Who was the genius behind Labour's party political last night? It seems that the little girl who dominated the whole thing likes the Gower and the Millenium Stadium and a number of other developments in Wales. She then meets this old man who tells everyone that they should vote. As some one famously said in a US presidential election 'Where's the beef?'
- At 10:23 am, said...
Anonymous is dead right. Last night's political broadcast was a shock. It amounted to a declaration that at this election Labour really have nothing to say other than . . Labour is dead from the neck up. I'm surprised that it has not made it to this morning's bloggs. It deserves a posting and a pasting.
- At 10:30 am, Blamerbell said...
"Last night's political broadcast was a shock."
I didn't see it I'm afraid. PPBs don't generally make it into my diary:)
I'll keep an eye out though.
- At 5:07 pm, Ordovicius said...
Last night's political broadcast was a shock
Sounds exactly like the one that was on the BBC last week.