Middle England – an entirely unscientific poll
Today I drove from Presteigne to Perry Barr in North West Birmingham, a drive I make at least once a week. It’s a very beautiful drive, until you reach the M5 just outside Droitwich, after which you enter the West Midlands conurbation. The trip crosses several Parliamentary constituencies, and I thought it might be interesting to do a very rough count of the posters I saw.
Through rural North Herefordshire, South Shropshire, and North Worcestershire, the posters are just as you’d expect. Lots of Real Tory posters along the hedgerows and the boundaries of the hop yards, whilst in the pretty villages and small towns like Tenbury Wells, the Lib Dems seem to have it. I saw too a couple of UKIP posters; not as many as there were during the Euro elections, a sign, I hope, that their ambition to get an MP is to be thwarted. I didn’t expect to see any New Party posters, and nor did I.
I come off the M5 at junction 1, and after that the drive is through some of the most deprived areas of the West Midlands; West Bromwich, Handsworth, Perry Barr. Unsurprisingly, I didn’t see any posters for the Real Tories, or the Lib Dems.
But nor I did a see a single poster for the New Party. Not a one. Are people affected by New Party shame? Pollsters always put in a larger margin of error for the Real Tories, because people are reluctant to admit that they intend to vote for them. Should they now start allowing for the fact that in what are traditional New Party seats, the people are too ashamed to admit which way they intend to vote? Or are they too weary of Broon and his pals to put up posters? Or are they getting ready to kick Gordon out? Or what?