Behold an allegedly serious commentator
And, as anyone unfortunate enough to have been tuned in to the latest edition of Any Questions will have discovered, Tobes has in any case changed his mind on his preferred candidate. Not so long ago, he was pretending to be one of those “Tories For Corbyn”, urging others to register as Labour supporters and vote for the veteran left-winger, until he was rumbled and the party declined to refund his dosh.
That would be the steel mills that were abandoned, not by Labour, but under the less than benign premiership of his heroine Margaret Thatcher - starting with Consett in 1980, followed in the next decade by Corby, Ebbw Vale, Shotton, and Ravenscraig. Tobes also manages not to tell his readers that unemployment may have been well north of a million when Mrs T came to power, but she managed to more than double that number.
Had Tobes bothered to do his homework - yes, I know, that’s asking too much of him - he would have found out that the Marina was powered by the venerable (and highly reliable) A and B series engines, which had powered BMC group cars since the 1950s. Had Tobes wanted to evoke a British Leyland product with an iffy power unit, he should have cited the Triumph Stag - which really did have engine problems. A lot of them.