Wrong Foot

THEY’VE changed Polly Toynbee’s column online now, but if you get a print copy of The Guardian today, you’ll see a blooper that’s raised a smile – and a cringe – down our way.

Toynbee said in print: “THIS is shaping up to be an exceptionally nasty election and it hasn’t even begun yet. There will be worse to come. As the Sun blares out ‘The Prime Monster’, remember the shredding and the mincing that all Labour leaders get once they look as if they’ll lose: Paul Foot and Neil Kinnock – twice – know the score…”

5 Comments on Wrong Foot

  1. Theo Blackwell // February 23, 2010 at 9:35 pm //

    Paul Foot took a bit of a kicking when he stood for Mayor of Hackney though.

    • That is “almost libellous” Theo.
      Hackney was never a kicking, although the Socialist Alliance election slogan was “Put Your Foot In”.
      I do remember a short period of absolute dread that he might actually win and have to give up doing what he wanted to do – i.e, lazing about watching football, sauntering into the Eye and filing the odd rushed-off comment piece for the Grauniad, blaming subs for factual errors just like Polly, err.
      Much to everyone’s delight, he came third, ahead of the Lib Dems and, as far as I remember, almost pipping the Tories too.

  2. Theo Blackwell // February 23, 2010 at 11:26 pm //

    Maybe a bit harsh on ‘Pol Fot’, but my impression was that the Trots were running him as a serious candidate.

    Are you suggesting that it was only because he took his foot off the gas that he didn’t win? The margin against Jules was massive…

  3. I think the idea was to – borrowing a phrase used by Mr Osley during his famous post-election TV appearance in 2006 – “give Labour a bloody nose”.
    Anyway, talking of dubious candidates, I understand you are standing for Gospel Oak ward.
    Pot calling the kettle Blackwell?

  4. Theo Blackwell // February 24, 2010 at 2:45 pm //


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