Friday, August 04, 2006


Coming to a doorstep near you - The FibNats

Old Porridge recalls a story imparted to him by an exasperated canvasser following a hard slog on the doorsteps. Things were not going well and my exasperatianist was cursing the Fibs for doing their usual. In this case it was a voter who proudly said he was going to vote LibDem because they told him they would save the pound!

Now as any political anorak would know this is utter balderdash as their policy is one of the most - erm, how can Porridge put it without piddling off his fellow co-conspirators? - Euro love-in. The above anecdote is yet another example of how dishonest the Fibs will go in order to get votes.

Nevertheless that incident has had old Porridge wondering why they have done sweet football association about the LibDem Earl of Mar & Kellie. Despite going against party policy on preserving the Union he still remains the Fib's spokesman for Scottish Home Office & Legal Affairs and Transport and is a whip for them in the Lords. FibDem Towers did ask why he had not been sacked by "tough" old Ming?

But the plot thickens. Mar & Kellie's enthusiasm for an independent Scotland now finds favour on the Fib's official website with this page on his proposed Scotland (Petitions for a Referendum on Independence) Bill.

"Mar and Kellie says a democratic path should be available to Scottish independence," it reads. Now Porridge may not really have an interest in such things but after consultation with some of my more tartan co-conspirators it was agreed that this looked like an attempt by the Fibs to be the "only" party offering something when the fact is that several other parties already offer "a democratic Scottish independence".

Porridge suspects the lack of disciplinary action taken against Mar & Kellie and the official veneer given to his idea on the party's website is just a convenient cover for them to grub votes by pretending to be Nats in next year's Scottish Parliament elections.

Of course it could just be Porridge being over-conspiratorial but it would be nice to see Ming squirm when he is asked why this policy is getting an official veneer and why their Lords' whip remains undisciplined?

Having decided that Ming was beyond a makeover the expensive imagemakers decided to have a bit of fun

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