Week 15: Villain – Michael Fallon

by Charlie_East_West on April 13, 2015

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This week’s villain award goes to the Tory Defence Secretary, Michael Fallon, for attacking Ed Miliband over Britain’s Trident nuclear deterrent and making the attack less about policy and more about a grubby personal slandering.

Fallon, wrote in The Times that Miliband “stabbed his own brother in the back to become Labour leader. Now he is willing to stab the United Kingdom in the back to become prime minister“.

The criticism was linked to the notion that Miliband could sacrifice renewing the Trident defence to appease the anti-Trident SNP and win their backing in the event of a hung parliament to become Prime Minister.

In essence, Fallon was alluding that Miliband is a traitor to both his country and his own flesh and blood. This sums up the Tory way in this election. It is dirty, unethical personalised politics. The sort of negative campaigning that Tory election guru, Lynton Crosby is infamous for.

So far, these type of Tory attack dog tactics are backfiring. Labour has slightly improved in the polls. Sympathy for Miliband is rising, as his own personal ratings have gone from bloody awful to just pretty bad.

Fallon and the Tories are the real losers here. They appear to have shot themselves in the foot. Preconceived assumptions that the Tories are the “nasty party” are now seen as inconvienent truths for the Conservative Party.

The Tories have a two-fold image problem – Firstly, they are seen as the party of privilege and secondly, they are seen as being a pretty horrible bunch who lack compassion. So far, in this election campaign, the Tories have enhanced both image problems. Fallon’s unedifying attack on Miliband has just added even more fuel to their villainous fire.

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Eddie Kaye April 13, 2015 at 1:27 pm

Going back to the Torying I got the other day. I asked the lady about food banks. Apparently they have been around for years, just this government is the first to proactively tell people they are available. I have heard it all now. The nasty party is back in business big time!

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Jackie_South April 13, 2015 at 9:17 pm

I think there is a lot of self-delusion among Tories about the impact of their welfare cuts and why they have forced people to use foodbanks. Most of them seem to think that people can just turn up for food and don’t realise that they have to be referred by a statutory agency or established charity to get access.

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Mike Killingworth April 14, 2015 at 11:34 am

Virtually everyone over at Smithson’s place seems to be a Tory these days. Perhaps they’re all public school VIth-formers.

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