My husband Andy was helping me leaflet today. Here is a funny story he told me…
A Labour councillor was out delivering Labour leaflets. He didn’t know me.
“Hello” I said, “You are a councillor aren’t you?”
“Yes” he said.
“What’s your policy on immigration?” I asked (sniggering under my breath).
“You’re not allowed to mention immigration are you?” I helpfully added.
“You have to switch the subject to the NHS” I added.
“Oh yes, the NHS, we ……” he started, but was interrupted by me..
“Hang on, I want to hear your immigration policy first” I said.
“UKIP will privatise the NHS” he added.
“That’s not a great immigration policy”.
“You just can’t say anything can you?” I added helpfully.
“You don’t have an immigration policy, you have an open door policy”.
“Is all you say errrrrr?” I said.
“I was telling you about the NHS,” he said.
“No you weren’t, you were lying about UKIP” I said. “Would you like one of our UKIP leaflets?”, I added brandishing one in front of him, “It says UKIP will NOT privatise the NHS, unlike Labour who already have”.
Just as he went to get hold of it I said “Well you’re not having one”.
Ted Strike, UKIP PPC for Stockton South, and me were helping out John Bickley’s campaign today in Heywood and Middleton.
We were leafleting and canvassing a traditionally Labour area, but in most cases the voters felt they couldn’t relate to Ed Miliband and what the Labour Party has become at all. They felt let down by today’s political class.
Labour had a large majority at the last election, so it will be interesting to see how that majority will be dented, or maybe even surpassed, this time.