Friday, July 24, 2009

Chloë Smith sweeps to victory for the Conservative Party

In a nation oppressed by recession, infected by swine flu, disillusioned by expenses-gate and depressed by Gordon Brown, it was always going to be difficult for Labour to win the Norwich North by-election.

But the extent of the collapse of the Labour vote is an unmitigated disaster and an unqualified humiliation for the party of Government. Labour secured just 18 per cent of the vote, as against 44 per cent at the last general election.

How many disasters and humiliations does Gordon Brown have to endure before he gets the message?

Basking in the glory of this well-deserved Conservative victory - a very convincing 7000 majority - Cranmer sends his sincerest congratulations to Cloë Smith, who, at the tender age of 27, becomes the ‘baby of the House’. He thanks the constituency’s former MP, Dr Ian Gibson, for having the integrity to resign in protest at his appalling and unjust treatment at the malicious hands of Gordon Brown, and the self-sacrificial humility not to stand as an independent (he would probably have won). There are few politicians who put country before party and self.

This victory marks only the second time in almost 30 years that the Conservatives have taken a seat from Labour in a by-election. Of course, one should be cautious about transposing by-election results onto national predictions, but for the Conservative Party to win target seat number 163 bodes very well for the forthcoming General Election.

And it is the first time that a ‘vicar’ has stood as a candidate for the BNP.

Labour's candidate, Chris Ostrowski, stayed away from the count after being forced to abandon the campaign trail after collapsing with a bout of swine flu and being taken to hospital.

There are those who believe plague and pestilence to be the Lord’s judgement...


Anonymous Anonymous said...

You forgot to thank Bishop "Pete" Broadchurchbent for swinging it!


24 July 2009 at 13:15  
Blogger Jim Bartlet said...

Ground Hog Day. I suppose it's what we do. 45% turn out, that's nearly a democratic representation. I do feel for the majority though, but that's their own fault for staying at home.

24 July 2009 at 13:22  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How on earth (and certainly not in Heaven) anyone can vote for the LibLabConUkip totally discredited parties never ceases to amaze me. We want more of the same, do we? Then so be it.

24 July 2009 at 13:39  
Blogger Johnny Rottenborough said...

Your Grace, no party in its right mind would want to win the forthcoming General Election.

•Johnny Rottenborough•

24 July 2009 at 13:48  
Anonymous Jubilant and ecstatic said...

I think the BBC have unintentionally captured the truth on this one by declaring her as the youngest labour MP. Given the complete lack of distinguishing features, they can be forgiven on this one.

Jubilation! the Tories are going to win the next election. The problem is they are not even real Tories this time so what we have in store is anybodies guess....God only knows.

24 July 2009 at 13:51  
Anonymous Orwellian Prophet said...

Labour having sown lies, spin, waste, mismanagement, uncontrolled immigration, etc., are now reaping a well deserved harvest of destruction. However, I cannot rejoice in the prospect of a Cameron led Conservative Government. He will not extricate us from the European nightmare, nor does he appear to have the moral calibre and ability to reverse the shambles this country has degenerated into.

24 July 2009 at 14:55  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All those voters voting for the ruling elite political class, the Lib/Lab/Con Ponzipoliticos. Still not able to learn? How sad is that! So back to the salt mines, to provide taxes for them to take their expenses, subsidise their expensive and lengthy career paths, and pay off supporters and the underclass beneficiaries. It's not really the robbery, its the total inefficient management and scortched earth policy that goes with it. Who can save us from this horde of blood-sucking parasites.

24 July 2009 at 16:54  
Blogger Arden Forester said...

Jim Bartlet has a point. Chloe Smith is an MP on 18% of the electorate's support. The Apathy Party won. With the help of the Grumpy party, no doubt.

We've got some way to go in convincing people that voting makes sense after this scandal.

24 July 2009 at 16:57  
Anonymous not a machine said...

musnt forget that Ian gibson openly criticised Gordon Brown , he still hasnt been told on what grounds he was deselected .

Happy, non the less for Chloe , norwich north voters and everyone who worked so hard.

24 July 2009 at 17:14  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cranmer needs to either upload a new image for his banner, or find a new hosting service.

24 July 2009 at 17:46  
Blogger Gnostic said...

I'm sorry, Your Grace but I disagree. Congratulations to Chloe for the win - which was expected. But you could have put a blancmange up against Labour and it would have won. However, all this is going to do is to urge Cameron to do nothing much at all about the things that really matter.

Come the next general election I won't be voting to give him that mandate.

24 July 2009 at 18:20  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Something strange going on here, don't know if it is me but your banner loads in Google Chrome, but not in Fire Fox or IE. Anyone else experienceing the same?

24 July 2009 at 18:21  
Blogger Gnostic said...

I'm using Firefox and I see the banner just fine.

24 July 2009 at 18:28  
Blogger Jockdownsouth said...

Banner works for me in Google Chrome but not in Opera or Firefox. I avoid IE.

24 July 2009 at 18:30  
Anonymous Orwellian Prophet said...

His Grace's banner is resplendent in IE8.

24 July 2009 at 18:45  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What manner of weirdness is this then?

I get this message saying whoops housten we have a prblem from my net images...bandwidth has been exceeded.

I use IE8 and the new firefox from last week. There must be somekind of conflict between the two.

24 July 2009 at 19:23  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Totally give up on the web browser thing...head gone into melt down.

So back to the topic. Whoever gets in at the next election, and it looks as though it will be the blue Labour party, they will have to stamp down hard with brutal force.

This little story was told to me about an hour ago, I am not making it up. A friend of mine came to visit and he was aghast at something he had just heard from the acquaintance of an acquaintance.

Basically, my friend ended up in this house for a brief moment, and what he described was hell in my books. The fella living there had split up from his girl friend/partner. She has become a total drug bot and he now has custody of the kids in this scabby flat. My friend said the kids were running wild and the father was constantly screaming f words every ten seconds. This bloke has never worked in his life, he is in his mid twenties. After about ten minutes of streaming f words and erratic behavior, this guy comes out with the ultimate statement......"I am so stressed out that it is costing me £45 every three days on cannabis".

What a sate of affairs! Those kids should be whisked away regardless, and this useless waste of skin and blood should be terminated. Basically, it is costing the state £45 every three days for weed????

Multiply this predicament by God knows what throughout the nation, and what you have is an urgent need for some serious reform.

This is in no way a fabricated story, I cannot emphasize this enough. The chances of him, or any of his ilk reading this and recognising themselves is, as you can imagine...remote.

24 July 2009 at 20:15  
Anonymous Drainrat said...

We shouldn't get too smug about NL's pathetic showing. People have very short memories. If this by-election had been held a month ago they would probably have gained even less of the vote in percentage terms.

Unless something dreadful on a national scale happens in the next 10 months (and I ain't talking about swine flu) many non-thinking knee jerk voters will return to their default position and return to the NL fold.

As the Tories seem unable to offer any radical solutions to the sick state Britain is in, I fear the unthinkable might happen: another NL victory in 2010.

At that point, I will desert the sinking ship.

24 July 2009 at 20:43  
Blogger Lord Lavendon said...


A post which even a banker understands .Time for to do some high fives .This is manna from heaven .Brown and labour -resign now for the good of the country !

24 July 2009 at 21:39  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just wish they didn't look so fat and happy about succeeding - that says to me they're getting away without giving us a referendum.

Voting's not the answer.
Not voting's not the answer.

Maybe finding someone to vote for would be the answer? Someone who's on our side?
Oh - and let's watch the ballots and counting very carefully.

24 July 2009 at 21:44  
Anonymous churchmouse said...

I'm having banner problems - with IE8.

Not a virus, is it?

24 July 2009 at 21:46  
Anonymous Orwellian Prophet said...

When I posted at 18:45 the banner was fine in IE8 but mine has now gone. Appears to be a general problem regardless of browser.

Word verification = coven
How seriously weird.
Looks like the gremlins are working overtime.

24 July 2009 at 22:01  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Orwellian prophet

I suspect that you would eventually secumb to this gremlin. Your chache will store much info for a while then suddemnly...squish. I have a suspicion that it has to do with the image hosting which is not playing cricket with certain browsers.

Back to the topic. Now that this young sexy thing has been elected, I am wondering if His Grace is going to mention her beliefe that the upper limit for abortion should stay at 24 months?

See Q8 in this article.

24 July 2009 at 22:18  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think we can all form the conclusion that his Grace is in the Conservative club tonight...walloped.

Maybe tommorow will bring us the uploading of a new banner. His curate in charge of the blog has obviously decided to adopt the new Tory line...say nothing.

24 July 2009 at 23:13  
Anonymous Orwellian Prophet said...

I am beginning to doubt that the banner problem is browser related.

It appears that the increasing popularity of His Grace's blog may have exhausted the bandwidth allocated for hotlinking the banner to his web page.

I think that each time someone accesses the web page it triggers the hotlink and uses a slice of the monthly bandwidth allocation set by the image hosting service.

24 July 2009 at 23:57  
Anonymous Aloÿsius Stuärt said...

Does she really spell her name with a diæresis? If so, that alone would be enough to make me vote for her.

There's something peculiarly alluring about a well-placed diæresis.

25 July 2009 at 00:24  
Anonymous Rupert said...

I don't like these continental
affectations.They are very provocative to the older person.

25 July 2009 at 08:29  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

She has clearly enjoyed a privileged upbringing and ooozes confidence. She wants more double glazing put in council houses, which tells me she is aware of her disparity with regards to the rest of us. But we down here will always have the landed gentry to remind us of our lowly condition.

25 July 2009 at 09:17  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have had a gutful of Labour but this kind of self adulation has me voting labour out of spite. If you think this attitude is supposed to connect with those of us who have to struggle in the mire, you are deluded. If I have to eat shit then I know a dam good way to make you eat it as well. Vote Labour, becuse shite is on both menus anyway.

25 July 2009 at 11:11  
Anonymous Hoorah said...

If your surname is plain old smith, then any self respecting toff will need a first name with some affectations and strange condescending squiggles and dots.

25 July 2009 at 11:14  
Anonymous Bethel said...

Unusually I find myself agreeing with Mr Rottenborough. When combined with Gnostic's blancmange, we have a succinct yet entertaining summary of affairs.

25 July 2009 at 11:17  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your Grace,

'Beware false prophets ... ' such as 'spin doctors'.

Only lengthy lab tests can identify the virus commonly called 'swine flu' from all other viruses in the ether. Only Chris Ostrowski can say, in truth, why he was absent.

25 July 2009 at 11:56  
Anonymous Cynthia said...

I think Johnny Rottenborough is

very nice.He looks very much like

a neighbour of mine when I lived in

the Cayman Islands.

25 July 2009 at 12:02  
Anonymous Bethel said...

Cynthia-how do you know what the old evil looks like? That's not him on the website you know!

25 July 2009 at 21:48  

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