Saturday, 6 March 2010
CONSERVATIVE CENTRAL OFFICE ADVOCATE WATCHING DEBATES IN THE PUB
I don’t often read the Courier and Advertiser (our local newspaper) but a friend drew my attention to a little story in the Political Diary, and indeed to the rather excellent writings of Steve Bargeton. I’m glad she did; he’s really amusing.
Anyway, the little story to which I refer is one regarding the TV debates. Apparently a Dundee West constituent, living in the Perth Road area of the city, can’t get Freeview on his set. So he telephoned Conservative HQ in London to ask if David Cameron was happy that one of the broadcasts would not be available to all tv owners? He explained that the digital signal was poor in the area of Dundee where he lives.
The response from the Tory Central Office was a suggestion that he go to the pub to watch the debate.... prompting the constituent to ask himself if anyone in Tory Central Office had ever been in a Dundee pub?
Picture, if you will, the scene in any one of the West End pubs where the punters are enjoying Sky Sport’s football coverage, and this lone constituent coughs nervously, and asks politely if anyone would mind if they turned over for 90 minutes as there was this really interesting discussion programme starring Nick Clegg, about to start.....
Top: Taybridge transmitter (incapable of providing digital signal across the city) Below: Millbank Tower (Tory HQ)