22 May 2008
Bookies pay out on Tory Crewe victory: who will come second?
The polls haven't even opened yet for the Crewe & Nantwich by-election, but Paddy Power is one bookmaker that has already started paying out to those punters who backed the Tories to grab the seat.
The question now being asked is who will take the second place slot? The assumption has always been that it would be Nu-Labour, but the money seems to be heading in the direction of the Liberal-Democrats.
Remember that Crewe is a working class railway town that fought the Tory privatisation of the railways tooth and claw. In 1997 Nu-Labour came along and did sweet fuck all about that privatisation.
Crewe isn't going to vote for scum like that, so let's hope that Nu-Labour does finish well down the pack. The new Tory majority will come from the leafy suburb that is Nantwich.
To any Nu-Labourite who reads these words, I hope that he remembers that during the Thatcher years Crewe was a sea of red at election times, with almost every house sporting its Labour poster. This defeat is part of the price that Nu-Labour must pay for the betrayal of so many hopes, and so many desires for revenge.