We Earned Them Votes Tonight in South Shields 122


“We earned them votes tonight”, said Emma Lewell-Buck. The House of Commons has gained a social worker who can’t speak English. The auto-didacts of the early Labour movement would have been horrified. I am aware that the readers of this blog are among those who believe an inability to communicate in standard English is a mark of authenticity; I fear my view is that it has been a hundred years since the state education system in this country was so patchy that there is any reason beyond sloth for inability to follow the most basic of grammar.

But she spoke truth in one sense. They did indeed “earn them votes”. Producing fraudulent postal ballots by the thousands is very hard work, and the Labour Party in the North of England should perhaps be congratulated in bringing back aspects of manufacturing heritage in this regard.

*This was the first parliamentary constituency election in British history in which the postal ballots outnumbered the polling station votes. UKIP beat New Labour in the polling booth ballot boxes by a very clear majority, according to my mole in the count.


122 thoughts on “We Earned Them Votes Tonight in South Shields

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  • Roderick Russell

    @ Technicolor – Thanks for enquiring after me. You know the biggest threat to our liberty is coming from our own intelligence / security apparatus as they morph into secret police thugs using “the war on terror” as an excuse. No form of democracy can function effectively once a secret police operation gets going. I continue to write occasionally on the subject in the public interest; and some of my articles are on the following web site:
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    ca.linkedin.com/pub/roderick-russell/13/278/943/
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    As for the English language, I am always amazed at its universality. Despite minor variations in spelling and grammar, it is a pretty standardised language across the world. You will note a variation in spelling that my North American spell check has insisted upon.

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