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Remember when Tories were open about their views?

October 5th, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized by

Ah, the Good Old Days, when the Conservatives really let you know where they stood in the issues of the day.

9 Responses to “Remember when Tories were open about their views?”

  1. Robin Says:

    Can’t see the image…

  2. Tom Papworth Says:

    Should be fixed now.

    The person who published this later went on to become a Tory MP for 20 years.

  3. Malcolm Todd Says:

    Couldn’t spell in those days, either.

  4. Alex Macfie Says:

    I thought it was “N***** for a neighbour”. This was presumably Peter Griffiths (MP for Smethwick 1964-1966, and “Parliamentary leper”; subsequently MP for Portsmouth North 1979-1997). So, yes, MP for 20 years, but not quite consecutively, and this leaflet only got him the first two years.

  5. Tom Papworth Says:


    Well spotted. I hadn’t noticed!


    Funny you should say that. It’s always recounted in the harsher form, but the only pictoral evidence I’ve seen is in the (ever-so-slightly) less offensive form.

    And yes, it is Griffiths. What’s interesting is that he may have been treated as a leper in the 60s, but they let him back in ’79 for another 18 years!

  6. Leslie K. Clark Says:

    Wow, I only thought he won the by-election. Didn’t realise somebody else voted him back in again in another seat! I would rather have had Peter Griffin from Family Guy as my MP than that odious toad.

  7. Leslie K. Clark Says:

    I know Stewart Lee isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but he makes a very good point on this very issue –

    “…if political correctness has achieved one thing, it’s to make the Conservative Party cloak its inherent racism behind more creative language.”

  8. Leo Says:

    Is “coloured really a noun?

  9. Tom Papworth Says:

    @Leslie: Peter Griffiths would be worse that Peter Griffin. But what About Nick Griffin?

    @Leo: In the same way as people would refer to somebody as “A black”. Even “The disabled” is no longer acceptable: people are not defined by an attribute; it is thought that one should emphasise their humanity .

    That being said, I’ve never heard anybody complain about being lumped in among “The talented”, and most people still talk about “The rich” and “The poor”.

    I wonder if we would change the way people thought if the latter had to be referred to as “Rich people” and “Poor people”.