Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Tories target second-home owners

Quentin Langley is not a twee village in the Cotswolds. He's a Tory academic in Cardiff University and is urging his party's candidate on Ynys Mon to target the second-home vote.

It is certainly a seat which the Conservatives can win from, technically, fourth place. It contains more English voters than almost any other in Wales as well as a great many native Welsh speakers.

One campaign idea which might have merit would be trying to persuade second home owners to vote in Ynys Mon rather than in their other constituency, though that might alienate other voters and might be difficult to organise in the timescale available.
Actively encouraging rigging an election? Poor show, Quentin.

No doubt Quentin will claim this, like our last little outing with a Tory candidate, was a tongue-in-cheek remark.

14 comments:

Quentin Langley said...

There is no rigging involved. People with more than one home are able to register in both places. In a general or European election they may only vote at one of their addresses.

Please don't suggest I am advocating something illegal or unethical. I am doing no such thing.

Anonymous said...

The fact its legal doesn't make it right, isn't it a bit like gerrymandering?

Plaid Whitegate said...

Encouraging people who don't live on the island permanently to intervene in the democratic process stinks. These people, as the Tories know, are far more likely to vote Tory because they are wealthy. If they live in solid Tory seats in England, then actively encouraging them to intervene in marginal seats in Wales is rigging the result by any definition.
I note Quentin's comment avoids advocating a vote in Assembly elections, but as they're on the register it's a certainty that some exercise that vote.
Should second-home owners have the option to vote in Assembly elections?

Mary Helen said...

Nice to see the Plaid using language with defamation and libel implications once again on their blog!

Plaid Whitegate said...

Nice to see Mary Helen avoiding the issue again

Plaid Queensway said...

I'm amazed. Not unethical Quentin? Are you serious?

Anonymous said...

You Taffies need an Englishman to keep you in line. Be thankfull. :-)

Anonymous said...

Shame you can't spell in english then!

Tory jailbird said...

Whatever happened to Keith Best?

Anonymous said...

Nice job with the Refugee Council or something similar I hear.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

"Shame you can't spell in english then!"

Capital E for english.....old boy!

Anonymous said...

deliberate mistake to see if you have the wherewithall to spot it, just as you mispelt thankfull. Some of us can speak, read and write two languages better than you can one, which is why you are not needed; except perhaps in your little mind.

Anonymous said...

Old boy, that's not very nice. :-)

Illtyd Luke said...

"Taffies"? In Wrecsam? Lol.