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A Year in the Nasty Party

January 4, 2010

You’d never guess it was election propaganda time would you?  But I do love this ‘in their own words’ list published in the Daily Mirror and tweeted by Kerry McCarthy among others:

Proof that Cameron’s Tories are as racist and sexist as ever

Exclusive By Bob Roberts 2/01/2010

Tory promises they have changed have been exposed as a sham.

This calendar of calamities shows how party members have continually been caught insulting voters and making racist remarks or sexist jokes.

Conservative leader David Cameron has tried to ditch the “Nasty Party” image and said: “Our members are the most socially-engaged, the most civic-minded, the most neighbourly bunch of people in Britain.”

But this dossier of shame, compiled by Labour – called A Year In The Nasty Party – proves that the Tories are still as bad as ever.

January 15, 2009: Chester Conservative councillor Richard Lowe apologies after going to a New Year fancy-dress party dressed as Madeleine McCann.

January 28: Nottinghamshire Tory councillor David Taylor is criticised for hanging a topless calendar in his office.

February 25: Cumbria county council leader Tim Stoddard says that helping poor families pay for school uniforms is a waste of money.

February 28: Bolton Conservative councillor Bob Allen apologises after being slammed for posting a picture of a gorilla alongside a comment about an Asian colleague on a blog.

March 9: Leicestershire Tory councillor Robert Fraser claims gypsies would “stick a knife in you as soon as look at you”.

March 11: Peterborough Conservative councillor Wayne Fitzgerald calls voters “idiots” and “morons” and tells one to “boil their head” after they disagreed with his plans for a new water park.

April 14: Derbyshire Tory councillor Patrick Clark calls gay people “sexual deviants”.

April 30: A Conservative councillor in Essex, Chris Walker, apologises for saying British women should walk nude in the street to make Islamic men commit suicide because their religion forbids them from seeing any naked woman other than their wife.

May 27: Former Conservative Party candidate Ross Coates says “all women should be sterilised” to stop them getting pregnant at work, employment tribunal is told.

May 29: The leader of East Sussex county council, Peter Jones, says he is “good value for money” after receiving £91,000 in allowances and expenses in just one year.

June 12: Tory MP Peter Lilley attacks the help given to pregnant women, saying payments for food and baby equipment are “complete rubbish”.

June 24: Kidderminster Conservative councillor Mumshad Ahmed, who twice drove while disqualified, apologises after a court bans him from driving for two years.

July 2: An investigation blames Stretford Conservative councillor Ian Mullins for a vicious internet campaign against a female colleague that compared her to Hitler.

July 7: London Assembly member Brian Coleman refuses to publicise expenses saying “only the mad, bad and the sad” wanted to see. He adds: “I’m not pandering to mob rule.”

August 21: Gosport Conservative chairman Alan Scard says he would only pick a woman to stand in one of the party’s safest seats if she was good looking. Asked if he was happy to support David Cameron’s call to put more women in Parliament, he says: “If they are attractive, yeah, I would go for it.”

August 26: Conservative MEP Daniel Hannan describes the NHS as a “60-year-old mistake” and hails Enoch Powell as his political hero.

September 1: Oxford University Conservative Association is condemned after students hold a sick competition to see who could tell the most offensive racist joke.

September 9: Tooting councillor Susan John-Richards quits the Conservative Party after claiming she endured three years of sexual discrimination from the Tory group.

October 15: A former Mayor of Brent, councillor Bertha Joseph, is suspended after taking money intended for a charity ball and spending it on clothes.

October 22: Former adviser to Margaret Thatcher and vicechairman of Goldman Sachs Lord Griffiths defends bankers’ bonuses and says taxpayers should “tolerate the inequality”.

November 2: Disgraced Tory MP David Wilshire compares the treatment of politicians over their expenses claims to the plight of Jews in Nazi Germany.

November 20: An Orpington councillor, Peter Hobbins, is suspended from the Conservative Party after sending emails ranting that Asian prospective parliamentary candidates do not have “normal sounding” English names.

December 7: Tory candidate for Dorset South changes his quadrupled-barrelled name, Richard Grosvenor Plunkett-Ernle-Erle-Drax, to Richard Drax on posters.

December 31: MEP Daniel Hannan says that no “sane” person would support the NHS.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 4, 2010 23:28

    Have to say, I think the second-last item is a bit out of place. People, even posh people, can choose what name to use.

  2. January 4, 2010 23:36

    I agree. But the reason it is on the list is it shows Tory dishonesty. Our old mate Dave ‘encourages’ his parliamentary candidates to ‘de-toff’ their names. Why would he do this do you suppose?

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