Friday, March 21, 2014

Is it really wise of Labour to laugh and jeer at the pastimes of their own supporters?

The Conservatives have come under attack from Labour for being "condescending" and "out of touch" for cuts in duty on bingo and beer in the Budget earlier this week:  http://www.itv.com/news/story/2014-03-19/backlash-at-patronising-online-budget-advert/

Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls was particularly scathing.

Presumably Mr Balls has not seen the beautiful video that accompanies the Manic Street Preachers song Rewind The Film.

Made in 2013 and shot in the Treharfod Social Club in the Labour heartland of South Wales, the film shows a working class community enjoying bingo and beer!














Of course I realise that the Labour parliamentary party and their spads are more likely to drink Chardonnay than beer, and the idea of playing bingo will elicit guffaws of scornful laughter from public-school alumni such as Ed Balls.














But is it really wise of Labour to laugh and jeer at the pastimes of their own supporters?  Can we not conclude that it is the Labour intellectual elite who are out of touch?  And they wonder why UKIP is doing so well in Labour constituencies!






Above:  sneer sneer sneer from Kevan Jones MP (Labour North Durham).















Just as an aside, I think it is very touching that the Treharfod Social Club still honours members who died in the First World War in a memorial that overlooks the snooker tables.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PwwtOd3pMlk

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