Most of the so-called “Election Communications” from the Crewe and Nantwich by-election went in the bin. The only thought applied was whether the things were too glossy to go in the grey bin, in which case they went into the black one. Thus the politicos did their bit for recycling.
However, the most jaw-droppingly optimistic leaflet has been retained. And it comes courtesy of the Lib Dems.
On first glance, it looks like a proper newspaper, the “Crewe Courier”, complete with silhouette of steam locomotive (note to Chris Rennard: none of these have been built in Crewe since 1958). But it’s the headline that takes the biscuit.
SHENTON SET FOR AMAZING WIN
And there was a smiling candidate posing for the camera along with “Shagger” Clegg.
The truth, alas, was more prosaic: the Lib Dems do well in local elections in Crewe (they currently hold two of the three seats in the St John’s ward) but have regularly failed to do better than third in parliamentary ones. This was no different.
Still, give a whistle, eh?