Saturday, 5 May 2007
Trimdon: Ground Zero
Readers outside the North East and Cumbria might be interested to hear that Look North, BBC One's 6:30pm bulletin in these parts, had an interview, not only with the Tory candidate in Tony Blair's "home" ward who secured no votes at all, but also with her proposer, a lifelong Labour voter who had seen some bloke from the Conservative Party wandering Trimdon door to door in search of signatories to the Nomination Papers, had noticed that he "was close to tears" in his despair, had taken pity on him, and had therefore signed up, though without the slightest intention of actually voting Tory. Priceless. Not least as a counterweight to the Cameron Broadcasting Corporation's relentless proclamation of an actually non-existent "Tory" "revival" in the North of England.