‘Let’s pretend to be indignant’

So the Crewe and Nantwich by-election writ will be moved tomorrow, more than a week before the funeral of Gwyneth Dunwoody. And you can tell that Iain Dale’s outrage at this move is entirely genuine. It must be, because he says so.

Gwyneth’s family support the by-election being held on 22 May, but that’s not good enough for Iain. Why is he so upset? I mean, what’s the real reason he’s upset? Could he be worried that, once again, for the umpteenth time, the Tories will fail to gain a seat from Labour in a by-election? No, that would be just too cynical for Iain…



Filed under Conservative Party, David Cameron, Labour, Parliament, Politics

4 responses to “‘Let’s pretend to be indignant’

  1. Tom, You know as well as I do that this is the first time a political party has called a by election before the funeral of a deceased member has taken place.

    There must be a reason for this, and those of us who have been around a bit know what it is.

    The fact that you – a government minister for christ’s sake (!) – feels compelled to comment on my blog and then write your own blogpost tells me all I need to know! Shouldn’t you be making the trains run on time or something? 🙂

    I’m not indignant, merely sad that yet again Labour puts party political advantage ahead of anything else.

  2. Iain – as a blogging MP what’s wrong with commenting on your (or anyone else’s) blog? I enjoy reading it, there’s a link from mine to yours, so what’s the problem?

    As for the writ, one of your own readers is spot on – it’s taken an unusually long time to arrange the funeral, the family support this decision, so what’s your point, comrade?

  3. Tom, The smiley was supposed to give away the fact that I was being humorous!

  4. Iain – yeah, I got it (and the trains are kind of running on time anyway…)

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