THE nationals will soon, mark my words, be taking turns to descend on Hampstead in the coming weeks, writing wavy-worded pre-election colour pieces about the marginal constituency. It is close to their offices, its a chance to write the word ‘leafy’ a lot and an opportunity to mock middle to upper classes. You will read as much about their latte choices as their voting intentions. Yesterday, however, the Times dispensed with the usual embedded-by-the-Heath approach and sketch-writer Ann Treneman supplied short and snappy guide to the contest in Hampstead and Kilburn. She made no overall prediction but wrote: “I am not sad that she [Glenda Jackson] isn’t standing again: I have waited in vain for any sign of Oscar-winning glory but the only award she would win from me would be grumpiness.” It’s nice to see that Glenda’s sometimes-icy approach is not restricted to bumbling local reporters.
SAMPLE OF ONE: I’M NOT SURE WHETHER TO VOTE TORY AGAIN
Today’s Times also arrives in Hampstead and Kilburn, using the sample of one man, namely young technology start-upper Harley Patoff to tell us what the marginal constituency thought of George Osborne’s budget yesterday. “I’m finding it very hard to identify a single party which fits all of my views,” Harley explains, after confirming he voted Conservative last time out. Don’t celebrate too quickly, Labour fans, he’s not looking like a definite for you, either. He goes on to say: “I do believe that the budget response from Ed Miliband, like personal jabs and insults about class wars and coalitions, show Labour’s lack of leadership.”
Tulip Siddiq sends St Patrick’s Day message to ‘constituents’. Tories remind her that she doesn’t have any constituents.
@TulipSiddiq constituents? You don’t have any constituents.
— Thomas Smith (@Tom_Smith26) March 17, 2015
A fair enough use of ‘um what?’
Spotted this at Holborn last night. Um, what?? pic.twitter.com/y1rmjrphbv
— Katrina M (@McC_Kat) March 19, 2015