Saturday, 6 February 2010

A Labour Candidate for a Liverpool seat? My Arse!

I have just been reading this article in the Mail.

If you are going to put a candidate in a city, make sure they know some of the history first.

Here is an extract from the article;

The questions were simple enough for any self-respecting Scouser - who was Bill Shankly, and who sang Ferry Cross The Mersey?

Even the dimmest pub quiz team in Liverpool would surely have come up with the answers in a flash.

But 28-year-old Luciana Berger, Labour's bright young hope to win the crucial Liverpool Wavertree seat at the next election, was forced to admit she didn't know.

Words fail me.

Why wasn't she told to learn more about the city?

Another extract;

So incensed is actor Ricky Tomlinson at the glamorous Miss Berger's lack of local knowledge that the Royle Family patriarch is planning to stand against her at the election.

The 70-year-old former picket-line militant, who has lived most of his life in Liverpool, said he could even use the TV slob's celebrated catchphrase as a campaign slogan: 'Berger? My arse!'

Please Ricky, put yourself up for the election. It will be interesting to see if people will vote for a local candidate or someone who will tow the party line, even if it goes against their constituency's wishes

It does make me wonder how many candidates, throughout the country, are local to their constituencies, and how many have been parachuted in by their party from another location?

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