Saturday, April 16, 2011
Labour Candidate Ken Macintosh maybe out of Holyrood if the people of Eastwood wise up, vote tactically and Tory!
One small footnote of interest so small that you might have overlooked it without really noticing is that there is a good chance that Labour’s Ken Macintosh may be beaten at the ballot box.
When the boundary changes took place, it wasn’t in his favour, redrawing Eastwood, has turned his 2007 majority of 891 into a notional Tory lead of almost 3500.
So, hopefully he will out, in this case the enemy of my enemy is my friend.
But still my enemy!
Scotland hates Tories.
Gone is Labour’s stronghold of Barrhead leaving him to try and sell his Red Tory Labour message in the affluent suburbs of Clarkston, Giffnock, Newton Mearns, Whitecraigs and Eaglesham.
And I don’t see the public buying into Labour or Macintosh.
At present he is searching for SNP and LibDem supporters to vote tactically against the Conservatives.
No one in the SNP will vote for him and it is doubtful that anyone else will; Labour polarises opinion.
“It’s actually for the Tories to lose. But I have every chance of winning if I can persuade not just Labour voters to vote, but SNP and Liberals to vote for me. There’s only one anti-Tory candidate who can win, and that’s me.”
He is the only anti Tory candidate, self delusion on his part.
Tory candidate Jackson Carlaw says he’s picking up tactical support from votes from other parties to help defeat Macintosh.
This tactic could be to the advantage of the SNP since Macintosh was a first past the post winner.
However last year, the Tories put a lot of time and resources into trying to take the equivalent Westminster seat only for Labour’s Jim Murphy to win and increase his majority.
Murphy used a late scare campaign using race issues.
His stop the BNP Campaign was nothing more than trying to secure vote caches at the expense of the Jewish and Muslims communities.
It was a good ploy.
So, come MAY 5th and if the wind is blowing in the right direction we could see a spectacular Labour loss.
A mini Portillo moment.
Ken Macintosh losing Eastwood and out of politics!
Tactical voting is all that is required.
Hopefully the people of Eastwood will send Macintosh packing and wise up that a vote is also weapon of mass destruction used against Labour.
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University