Paul Crowley (ciphergoth) wrote,
Paul Crowley

Vote Conservative?

I'm very disturbed to find myself in a position where I might be calling for people to vote for the Tory in a constituency election. I refer of course to the upcoming Haltemprice and Howden by-election.

It's starting to look like the only candidate running against David Davis will be former Sun editor Kelvin MacKenzie, who is running on a pro-police-state ticket, as very nearly prophesized by this blogger ("I almost picked it. The Scum are running with one tit, not two.") If it's a choice between a Tory arguing in favour of civil liberties and a Murdoch attack dog arguing against them, we're actually going to have to argue for the Tory.

Not that he's not a reactionary bigoted scumbag, you understand, and under normal circumstances I wouldn't piss on him if he were on fire. But at least he's the one saying things like this:
There are now 266 state powers allowing officials to force their way into the home. Six hundred public bodies have the authority to bug phones and emails and intercept the post. Forget the security services: councils and quangos conduct 1,000 surveillance operations every month, using powers that ought to be the preserve of law enforcement agencies. [Telegraph, 2008-06-13]
while Kelvin McKenzie's attitude is more like this
Humphrys then asked MacKenzie if he always did what he was told. "I do if it's Rupert Murdoch, strangely," he replied.

When pressed that people would be asked to vote for Murdoch's man, MacKenzie said: "It would be vote for me, the Sun's man. I would be doing it on behalf of the Sun. I have been associated with the Sun for 30-odd years and so I have an umbilical cord to the paper."

[...] "the Sun has always been up for 42 days or perhaps 420 days" [Guardian, 2008-06-13]
Obviously if the vote is not tight then don't vote for either of these bastards; vote for the lefty candidate, or spoil your ballot. But if it looks like there's a real danger that McKenzie might get in, then even Davis could be the lesser of two truly great evils.
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