The truth about elections

Honesty is the best policy, so they say!

The Vicky Pollard moment The Vicky Pollard moment
First we had pressure on cancer patients and then GPs as emails and mailshots were sent out seeking to get patients and health professionals 'on side'. Cancer patients who received the personalised cards, sent with a message from a breast cancer survivor praising her treatment under Labour, said they were “disgusted and shocked”, and feared that the party may have had access to confidential health data.

Then the case of the Twickenham GP, whose name has been withheld for fear of retribution, contacted the Conservatives in fury at the attempt to make her sign a petition. The GP expressed concern that Amy Fowler, a development officer for the Labour Party, obtained her work e-mail address, which she claimed is not publicly available. Naturally Nulabour, the party most in favour of ID cards and the database state, denies these allegations.But now we have the Vicky Pollard moment. Let the Guardian explain -

Gordon Brown was last night under pressure to pulp a series of Labour leaflets claiming the Tories would cut pensioners' benefits, after attempting to distance himself from them following accusations of "scaremongering" by David Cameron

The first two cases above show a party without a care in the world, they simply could not care about the nature of the tactics they use. The reports of the pressure on cancer patients and GPs seemed to have caused, at the time, not much of a fuss. But is this the iceberg effect, does the typical voter store all these things away unseen for later; on polling day will Nulabour sink with all hands on board? The misuse of personal data has become the concern of many people. These are the same people who have long given up on the honesty of government statistics.

Last case, a report from a friend who attended a hustings, he said the sitting Nulabour MP made a claim that jarred with his recollection of the facts. Naturally in such events time is always pressing so the evening swept on and the remark was not questioned. Back home an Internet check on the MPs voting record showed that a version of the truth, not the whole truth, went unchallenged that evening. Was this an accident or deliberate?

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