Look cheps, an undecided voter over thyah! Jolly good sheow!
However, and here we encounter a significantly sized however, all was not as it seemed, and Ms Shuttleworth later had to protest “I'm not a Tory at all, it's absolute nonsense”. Well, her actions suggest otherwise - and the accuracy of some of her assertions is at best highly questionable. She had got into the audience as an “undecided” voter. She then, by mere coincidence, you understand, declared her support for the Tories.
Ms Shuttleworth may not be a party member, but she has indicated a preference for the Tories: two recent Retweets from her feed have been to tell the world that Harrogate’s Tory candidate is “coming across well” at his local hustings, and Karren Brady’s begging letter for small business signatories to the letter that appeared last week in the Telegraph. And, when it came to Question Time, there was more.
As the Tel’s Christopher Hope told, she “gave a thumbs-up to George Osborne in the spin room”. Then there were the comments made during the programme. “What worries me is you are about to put Ed Balls back in as Chancellor and he called that letter a joke” she told Miliband. “Auguste” Balls has never been Chancellor of the Exchequer. And Liam Byrne’s “there is no money” letter was not meant to be taken seriously.Ms Shuttleworth claimed “If he [Balls] worked in the corporate world he would have been fired and he wouldn't have been allowed back to that job”. Let’s look at a well-known precedent. In 1964, the Tories were defeated by Labour: outgoing Chancellor Reggie Maudling left his successor Jim Callaghan a note saying “Good luck, old cock.... Sorry to leave it in such a mess”. So did the corporate world shun him?