High-ranking Labour Members have told me that they agree with my earlier post, which slams Labour's Party Election Broadcast.
Scroll down to read my post, and to watch the PEB, "A nightmare on your street".
I would not attack a party's election broadcast without strong justification, but in my view, "a nightmare on your street" is not worthy of a party whose principle promise is fairness.
This PEB is not fair.
Let me qualify this; I don't think it is wrong for Labour to attack the tories (though I regard negative campaigning on their part, AND ON THE PART OF THE TORIES to be unwise). I do not think it wrong for Labour to attack what they're calling "a credibility gap" in the Conservative Party's financial forecasts (though may he who is without sin cast the first stone). I do not think it wrong to ASK about funding and policies inside or outside of a PEB, but to tell cancer patients that if they do not vote Labour, they COULD DIE, is not only wrong - it's disgusting.
May I appeal to the MANY fair-minded Labour members, in the name of all that is right and decent, PLEASE SCRAP THIS MONSTROSITY before you drag your own name through the mud. PLEASE do not scare people who are sick, and who are dying.
Here's how Tory Shadow Health Spokesman Andrew Lansley has reacted:
“This election broadcast is extraordinarily cynical, particularly as it comes so soon after Labour upset so many cancer sufferers by targeting them with scaremongering breast cancer leaflets."
“Having already upset so many people with their original scaremongering any decent party would not have engaged in this sort of low politics again in the campaign – but not the Labour Party."
“They have run out of ideas and are now resorting to the tactics of smear and fear in order to bully people into voting for them. In contrast the Conservative Party is fighting a relentlessly positive campaign with a message of hope and change.”
NOW I question entirely the notion that the tories are fighting a "relentlessly posative campaign", (having reviewed their own Party Election Broadcast) - but the worst consequence of their own PEB for "The hung parliament party" will be to agrovate floating voters in to voting for another party.
Labour's PEB does this - which is FINE, but it cannot be fine for them to scare the living daylights out of vulnerable people like this.
So this is a sincere appeal. PLEASE, reconsider your party election broadcast before it's too late.
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