YOU HAVE TO GIVE THE CONSERVATIVE’S THEIR DUE, their latest ruse to maximise the party’s vote in the Rochester & Strood by-election, to be held on 20th November, is worthy of a gold medal in political skulduggery.
Presented in the form of a Local Primary, all those entitled to vote in the upcoming by-election have today received a personal letter from David Cameron to nominate the Conservative candidate that they wish to defeat the UKIP insurgency by postal ballot. Under the guise of finally responding to calls for open primaries by its activists, the Conservatives have apparently invested some £40,000 to conduct their own poll of voting intentions and fine-tune their electioneering to target the female vote, which previous results have suggested are UKIP’s Achilles-heel.
The choice is between two female candidates, drawn from the pool of Conservative Party local councillors (one presented as working-class, and the other of a middle-class background).
The strategy is particularly interesting, because neither candidate is presented as supporting the Tory Party manifesto or the policies it has pursued in government…