Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Postscript

Well, it's been a long day, but a minor curiosity to leave you all with. We had two pieces of election material through the letterbox tonight - one from Labour's Tom Nutt and Veronica Copeland (I live in neighbouring Haughton North ward) and one from Conservative candidate Bob Donaghue. Labour's literature, printed on A3 in colour with the map in the middle, looked good.

Bob's literature on the other hand, photocopied on double-sided A4, singularly made no mention of his running mate Brian Pavey, who is the other Tory candidate for the ward. Are the Tories campaigning separately now? Do Bob and Brian not see eye to eye? Maybe a Tory panjandrum could clear this up - I'm easily confused!.

13 comments:

Mike Barker said...

I have a copy of Brian Pavey's leaflet, which makes no mention of Bob Donaghue! It is, in fact, one of the most remarkable election leaflets ever to cross my desk. Let me give you a flavour: "I am an ex-military man of over 30 year's (sic) service...losing close friends and sustaining personal injuries...I am a gamekeeper...I am a qualified guitar teacher...my hobbies are various, but I love shooting...I am the proud owner of a gold medal for shooting...presented to me by HM the Queen...I have represented the UK in sea fishing...I can cast over 200 yards. In 1977 I invented the well known "Tip Light". He signs off, somewhat enigmatically, "(Remember the Postal Vote System)".
An absolute gem!

Darlington Councillor said...

Mike - I have a theory. Whose name is at the bottom of the leaflet ("Printed and Published by" etc)?

mike barker said...

Printed, published and promoted by Councillor CV Johnson JP on behalf of SD Conservatives

Darlington Councillor said...

As I suspected...

I'm not going to put this in a post of its own, Mike, as it's probably only of interest to you and me, but Bob Donaghue's leaflet was "Published and printed by I Galletley of 29a Larchfield Street, Darlington, DL3 7DL in promotion of South Durham Conservatives."

So two candidates from the same party, in the same ward, who at the same time have circulated different leaflets and with different imprints. Chuck Johnson responsible for one (characteristically eccentric) bit of literature, Ian Galletley the other.

And the Tories say they're fit to run the town....!?

Ian White, townliar.com said...

Confused?????Panjandrum, yes confused off to find a dictionary. What does it matter where these leaflets are printed am I missing something?

Anonymous said...

simple explanation - one was printed and distributed prior to the election being called and the other after, hence the different imprints.

Darlington Councillor said...

I am, as ever, in awe of Darlington Tory campaigning logic...

miketually said...

For others who, like me, didn't get taught what the big words meant while at school:

panjandrum (păn-jăn'drəm) n.

An important or self-important person: “a panjandrum of the publishing business” (Nat Hentoff).

[After the Grand Panjandrum, a character in a nonsense farrago written by Samuel Foote (1720–1777).]

Darlington Councillor said...

This blog is not just a polemic, but an education too - perhaps even a philippic... :)

Ian White, townliar.com said...

Farrago, I ve hear of Wells Fargo, its starting to remind me of the Blackadder episode about the dictionary and the missing words!
This is not helping my dyslexia fellas.

Anonymous said...

Alan Macnab wites....

Isn't farrago a tissue of lies? My dictionary is not at hand at the moment. So I cannot be certain.

miketually said...

Philippic (fĭ-lĭp'ĭk) n.

1. Any of the orations of Demosthenes against Philip of Macedon in the fourth century B.C.
2. Any of the orations of Cicero against Antony in 44 B.C.
3. A verbal denunciation characterized by harsh, often insulting language; a tirade.


Since you're not, to the best of my knowledge, a long-dead Greek or Roman, and this blog isn't aimed at either Philip of Macedon or Antony, I'd say you were thinking of the third definition.

Alan, a dictionary is always to hand when you're on the web; just copy and paste the word into Google, then click the 'definition' link given in the blue band on the results page. It doesn't matter how lacking your education was, if you're connected to Google ;)

Anonymous said...

Alan Macnab writes....

Thanks for the tip Mike and for the correct definition.

My secondary education was rather lacking. I failed the 11 plus and was consigned to a scondary modern school for 5 years which was a waste of time. I did manage to pick up an honours degree 10 yeara after leaving my secondary modern school. Those 15 years made me so determined that my sons nor any other child or young person would experience what I experienced and struggle they way I did.

That's why I want all our secondary schools to provide a first class education which enables each child and young person to reach their full potential. I have a zero tolerance of under performing schools. Parents want their children to have a first class education. I am determined that they will have that.

It is scandalous and wrong that there are schools in Darlington which are not doing this. Talent is going to waste.