19 April 2010
Electioneering in Lancaster
In the 1980s it seemed that every house in my constituency had a Labour poster in its window, but in the Lancaster of 2010 I haven't seen a single one. The local party here are talking about putting together canvass teams at weekends, but in my day we left the people alone at weekends and hit the houses every single night from Monday to Friday, with every ward turning out at least a dozen people every time. Of course we had Thatcher to hate in those days, but we also had something more. We had the feeling that voting Labour would make a difference because Labour would reverse the Tory policies and we would take our revenge against those who had given us such grief.
Today nobody in the Labour Party can even think of that so the party's dwindling band of activists are forced to argue that the Tories will be worse than Labour. "Vote Labour because the other lot will be marginally worse" is not a slogan that gets this writer's gonads jangling, and that is probably one of the reasons why Labour hasn't managed to get any canvassing done, at least in Lancaster, up to now.