Tories were on BBC radio yesterday boasting about the ‘stealth-tactics’ they’re using for the General Election – that by targeting carefully-identified sets of people out of the public eye, they could keep their campaign below the radar, out of sight of their opponents.
That may work better in theory than in practice, thanks to diligent people who are subjecting themselves to Tory drivel for the sake of the Labour Party and the country by joining the Conservatives’ mailing list.
One of them sent the SKWAWKBOX Theresa May’s latest email – and it exposes a weak Tory leader still desperately trying to appear to be meeting people – without actually meeting them.
May has not, as far as the SKWAWKBOX has been able to identify, publicised this event online – only people on her mailing list have received notification and it’s only one hour long. So this is yet another stage-managed, tightly-controlled event to which only ‘the faithful’ are allowed access. Here’s the message they’ve received:
In case the image is hard to read on your device, the key part says:
And this coming Tuesday (16th May), I will be taking part in a telephone town hall event.This telephone town hall will give you, and thousands of others like you, an opportunity to voice your opinions and ask questions directly to me in an open and simple way.Whether it’s Brexit, security or the economy, this is your chance to ask me about the issues that matter most to you and your family.The call will take place between 19:00 and 20:00 on Tuesday, and I will be taking as many calls as possible.
Based on Radio 4’s programme on Sunday, May’s campaign advisors also intend to use such events as a way of fine-tuning their appeals to the bigoted, small-minded and ill-informed. So they only want to hear from their preferred target audience.
The purpose of this event is not to expose Theresa May to the actual wider public. God no. The opposite, in fact. And of course, while they might afterward try to use it to claim she wasn’t hiding from the general public, keeping her out of any situation that might be tricky and expose her huge inadequacies is exactly what they want.
And of course, because it’s a telephone event, the call-handlers will be making sure nothing unduly challenging or risky gets through. You even have to register to be able to call in – or even to listen.
The SKWAWKBOX would, of course, never suggest that Labour-supporters should do anything to hamper the Tories’ purposes in holding this insulated event by – for example – registering for it and then tying up the phone lines with lots of calls between 7pm and 8pm on Tuesday 16th May.
We would also not suggest that anyone pretend to be a Tory supporter to the call-vetters and we absolutely would not ask that anyone record the event audio and send it to this blog.
No, those would be far too ungallant a step to take against a Tory party that has resolutely taken the high road in all its campaigning and which would never – for example – plant Tory councillors in the audience of Question Time to try to control the show’s tone and narrative.
But do spread the word so the uninvited General Public are aware of what the Tory leader and her handlers are up to and can make their own minds up what to do about it – and how to vote.
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