Friday, May 17, 2019

"Don't blame me I voted Pardoe"

From the Awkward Squad website:
Calder's Law states that every lib dem leadership election mirrors Steel vs Pardoe: a boring, centrist, reliable, safe-pair-of-hands Steel, vs an exciting, radical, a bit risky Pardoe. Nine times out of ten the Steel wins. 
This t-shirt is for those of us who mourn the tendency of our party towards centrism, and is available in black, white, grey, and tie-dye for those who don't remember the seventies because they were there, man, and really DID vote Pardoe.
Strictly speaking, it is Calder's Sixth Law of Politics, but I am immensely flattered.

I was all set to be a Moranite, but if our next leadership election is to be Swinson vs Dayey I shall vote for whichever candidate emerges as the Pardoe.

As to the T-shirt, even I am not old enough to have voted Pardoe, so I shall settle for the grey.


Unknown said...

I am old enough to have voted for Pardoe and I did. But this lurid T shirt is not something I could bear to wear.

Jennie Rigg said...

I shall go in and edit the text accordingly; perhaps put one of the not-tie-dye versions as the display tshirt too, at least for a while.

Jennie Rigg said...

Text edited :)

Andrew Kitching said...

Did the Steele team have a bit of a go at Pardoe's mental well-being? Can't remember it very well, but I seem to recall a hint of underhand tactics

Jonathan Calder said...

They suggested that he wore a wig, which I understand had some basis in fact.

Clement Freud was heard in a TV report likening him to Tigger in this passage:

With one loud Worraworraworraworraworra he jumped at the end of the tablecloth, pulled it to the ground, wrapped himself up in it three times, rolled to the other end of the room, and, after a terrible struggle, got his head into the daylight again, and said cheerfully: "Have I won?"