Call to Arms



OK Charlie Marx’s version was a bit more punchy but mine is every bit as sincere.

What this is about is that I happen to live in Stoney Middleton (someone has to) and the guy who is organising leafletting and canvassing around here, Nigel Barton, recently told me that he had emailed every member in the area about helping in the election and the only reply he received was from a bloke who had just come out of hospital following heart surgery - me!




I do appreciate that personal and health reasons can make it impossible for people to get involved and, if so, fair enough.

However in some cases the problem is that Jeremy Corbyn does tend to divide opinion and there are apparently those who will not campaign for him.

Well I’m sorry folks but personally I was less than impressed by Ed Milliband the last time out but I still got off my backside to support him.

Why? Because if you are a Labour Party member surely you think, as I do, that the worst possible imaginable Labour Govt is better than a Tory one - if you don’t think that why are you in the party at all?

Moreover in this case we are dealing with a govt which, despite a certain talent for PR, is the vilest, most vicious Tory regime I have known in my lifetime.

Their treatment of the disabled, people on benefits and the low waged is disgusting and give them 5 years and a strong majority how much of the NHS will be publicly funded do you think?

As far as this lot are concerned Bevan’s famous reference to the Tory Party as “vermin” is a gross libel on any self respecting rat!

So, please if you do fall into this category, think again.

We need everyone manning the pumps at the moment and we need to pull together. Nor should anyone believe that we cannot win - the govt is pushing Brexit because they are vulnerable on just about any other issue you can think of.

Lecture done - over to you now comrades.


Graham Armitage



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