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It’s my favourite kind of spam again… this time, purporting to be from Mr Anthony Blair himself:
If you have been keeping up with the news, you may already know that I went to the Palace a few minutes ago to ask the Queen to dissolve Parliament.
What, no greeting? Well, anyway, yes, I did know that. But it was more than a few minutes ago. In fact, it was several hours ago.
I wanted to get this message out to you straight away about what’s at stake at the election and how you can help. This will be a tough campaign and we will have to fight for every seat and every vote.
Well you didn’t do very well on your ‘straight away’ target, did you? But then, what targets have you done well on? This will be a tough campaign, I quite agree – after all, most polls agree that Labour’s going to win, and it’s not going to be easy to get the necessary swing to stop them. We really do have to fight for every seat and every vote, you’re quite right.
We’re going to need the help of every Labour supporter – to distribute the leaflets, to talk to voters on the doorsteps and get on those phones.
I know much of the local party membership dislike Mr Blair, but would they really campaign against him? I think you’re being a bit optimistic, dear.
If you’ve never volunteered to help Labour’s campaign before, make this your first time. If you’re an old hand, we need you now more than ever.
Why would I want to volunteer to help Labour? Oh, I understand, you think I should sabotage the campaign from the inside. But isn’t that a bit of dirty politics? I guess we have to stoop very low, though, to beat a party which is a dab hand at cheating in elections.
For what’s at stake on May 5 is the future direction of our country – whether it goes forward or back.
I certainly don’t dispute that.
Labour hasn’t, by any means, achieved all we want yet.
After eigtht years? What have you been playing at, then? Launching illegal wars, and getting your knickers in a twist about keeping the fact they’re illegal secret?
And you may not agree with every decision I have made.
But there’s been real progress in communities up and down the land.
What’s progress? Where exactly are you talking about?
Our country is fairer, more modern and successful than it was eight years ago.
Is the introduction of top-up fees by people who were paid to go to university fair? Is the inability to run an election free of blatant fraud modern? Does the fact that we have to cater to Brussels’s every whim make us successful?
And May 5 will decide whether we can build on – and accelerate – the progress made in spreading opportunity and prosperity.
What progress in spreading opportunity? Does providing young people with criminal records through ASBOs help their opportunities? And what’s this about prosperity? We’re worse off now than we were last year!
Or whether the Tories can succeed in taking Britain back to the failed and risky policies of cuts, charges and economic mismanagement.
Here we are again with the ‘Tories = Evil’ message, without actually making any firm promises of your own. Do you think the electorate don’t notice this?
Over the next five weeks, I will be out and about across the country spelling out that choice. And so will all my colleagues.
Oh dear God, please don’t come near here. And I’m sure you won’t be out and about that much, given you’re absence (until today) from your party’s homepage, and your unwillingness to engage in an open debate with the other party leaders. What is it you’re scared of, Mr Blair?
I hope to see you on the campaign trail.
I very much doubt that sentiment.
But if you have a question for me, you can visit the website labour.org.uk and let me know.
Hmm… How about, ‘What exactly was the full advice given to you by the Attorney General in advance of the Iraq War?’. Or how about, ‘Why did you present intelligence you knew was shaky as firm and concrete?’
I can’t promise to answer them all.
I’ll bet. It’d be something of a first if you actually answered any questions that weren’t to your liking.
But I’ll answer as many as I can throughout the campaign.
Carefully screened first, of course. In fact, why don’t you just make up your ideal questions, and answer them? It seems to be your PMQs strategy.
It’s less than five weeks now to polling day. Five weeks in which the future of our country is in our hands.
We have a good story to tell.
Very true – a story of lies, deceit, and corruption.
Let’s go out and tell it.
Well, you see, I would, but every time anyone criticises your government, you launch a massive smear campaign that’s always full of blatant lies and often offensive to great swathes of the population, which rather creates difficulties for us.
Yours sincerely, Tony Blair
I doubt that very much – do you even know what the word ‘sincere’ means? And do you think anybody believes you actually write this political poop?