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Thursday, 5 June 2008

Unelectable

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When people speak of unelectable leaders or political parties, many refer to Michael Foot’s Labour Party and its relatively sensible manifesto for the 1983 UK general election. But from now on, whenever I think about what might make someone unelectable, I will think of this monstrosity:



Thank you to Scott Bryant for sharing the pain. Having been handed this flyer by the candidate, he presumably made his way straight to the polling station to spoil his ballot paper. He has seen fit to preserve the anonymity of the culprit, though, and has therefore seen off the prospect of a spate of vigilante attacks on the candidate’s home. Well done, Scott. Lesser men would have just thrown them at the feet of the pack of grammatical wolves.

Successfully running for any level of office should require thoroughness and a keen eye for detail. But this is the electioneering equivalent of one of those ‘spot the hazard’ diagrams I was often given at school, which saw me circling any number of clear dangers such as unstable ladders, loose electrical plugs and knives resting on chairs.

This person’s errors are glaring and numerous, rendering them unforgivable, never mind unelectable. A typical Republican, you might say.
5 Comments:
Blogger Gez said...

This man is giving rabid, right-wing, isolationist, Christian fundamentalism a bad name.

8 June 2008 at 00:06  
Blogger Gez said...

I like the idea of grammatical wolves. Maybe they could live with the vocabulary bears.

8 June 2008 at 23:07  
OpenID captainbeah said...

I once got a flier from a candidate running for a position on my town's school board. He capitalized words that had absolutely no need for it, such as "hockey" and "chairman." The worst part is, he was elected to the school board, and is still serving on it today.

9 June 2008 at 21:33  
Blogger Beth said...

I'm suspicious of people who sound that excited (thanks to the exclamation points) about things like fiscal responsibility. He/she is OBVIOUSLY hiding something.

:)

9 June 2008 at 21:42  
Blogger Paddy said...

Too right. I suspect he/she will have a cellar's worth of minced kittens.

13 June 2008 at 09:22  

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