October 24th, 2012

No One Nation In Corby

Taking time out from listening to his £467 stereo paid for on expenses, Labour’s Corby campaign manager Ian Austin has been following orders word for word from his Brownite boot-boy flatmate Tom Watson. Back in August Guido revealed how Watson had ordered his Corby campaign team to brief that they expected to lose Louise Mensch’s old seat, despite being dead-cert favourites. Despite Lord Ashcroft’s comprehensive polling calling the result for Labour already, the Austin spin-machine is in overdrive:

“No one should be under any illusions: we lost this seat in 2010, and winning it back will be a really tough challenge…The truth is that we lost this bell-weather constituency in 2010. Winning it back will be a really tough fight for us and we are not taking anything for granted.”

Not only that, but Austin implies that Corby constituents outside the town itself will be harder to win round. Because they’re rich:

“Corby is the main town but half the voters live in places like Rockingham, Oundle, Irthlingborough and Raunds: picture-postcard market towns and rural villages dotted across East Northamptonshire. Average incomes in these areas are higher than Mid-Sussex and on a par with places like East Hampshire, Woking and West Berkshire.”

Not very One Nation of you, Ian…


  1. 1
    Kebab Time says:

    Does the class warfare stuff really work with voters?

    Whenever i hear it i switch off.

  2. 2
    Ed Moribund says:

    If Watty is involved it’ll be Bun Nation.

  3. 3

    its paying huge dividends BB.

    Mitchell pleb – Osborne -1st class – Dave – posh.
    Class war is way better than having any policies. The left love it. Its their comfort blanket. Cuddly class war.

  4. 4
    japey says:

    Can they not spell properly. Bellwether. Must be the labour education.

  5. 5
    All lib dems are liars says:

    Watson seems very quiet on Saville and Mirror hacking all of a sudden rent a gob is not so gobby is he. One has to wonder why?

  6. 6
    Pleb says:

    I live in East Hampshire now and I grew up near Corby.

    Don’t even try to compare the two areas Austin. They are socially and economically very different places.

    ………unless your margin for error includes comparing the German economy as similar to that of Greece………….

  7. 7
    Stand to attention says:

    I prefer a cuddly class whore

  8. 8
    Chris bum boy Bryant says:

    The Mirror is a great socialist paper and they were not phone hacking, just doing great journalism

  9. 9
    UKIP.i.am says:

    I see Nadine is in a huff again.

  10. 10
    UKIP.i.am says:

    If Labour get back in power it will be a one onion nation.

  11. 11
    2 Para says:

    I am voting for Delingpole.

  12. 12
    UKIP.i.am says:

    What do Labour need policies for when they can exploit bigotry and prejudice so well?

  13. 13
    Well said that man says:

  14. 14

    The Labour party is not opposed to phone hacking.
    the Labour party has never been opposed to phone hacking

  15. 15

    I’m voting for Pat Rician, myself.

  16. 16

    You’re the only one.

  17. 17
    President for Ever Saint Toxic Tone says:

    One nation……….. One nation…………One nation……….One nation……..

    As the Supreme Leader I promise, without hesitation, that I will

    work 24 / 7 to conspire with all the Brus*sels un-elected ma*fia to achieve

    the goal of……….

    The One Nation EUSSR with me as your un-elected President for LIFE &


  18. 18
  19. 19
  20. 20
    Dr in the House says:

    Time of the month & Its a full moon.
    Bad combo. I recommend quarantine.

  21. 21
    Bluto says:

    Labour really are the scum of the earth.

  22. 22
    Prezza & Twatson pie scoffers says:

    Pie Nation!

  23. 23
    President O'Barmy says:

    My marriage is not under any threat.
    It is as strong and happy as the one of your Prime President Gordon Milibanned and his wife Sandra.

    Although, to be fair..that Irish tramp guy did once chase me round the kitchen with his lips puckered..

  24. 24
    Beeboid sub-editor says:

    It is part of the BBC’s public duty to remind the electorate that the Coalition generally, and the Tories in particular, are inexperienced and incompetent. That isn’t “bias”, as our competitors like to say. It’s simply stating fact and is therefore part of our remit to educate the public.

  25. 25
    National Socialist says:

    And they’re on target to win Corby with a big majority. Not bad for ‘scum of the earth’.

  26. 26
    Beast says:

    What would be funny would to have one adress and get everybody registered there and vote postaly
    It works in Bradford
    I would be willing to stand as your candidate
    First class travel and a new Mac are all that I would claim for
    No rent boys , no teen sex scandals, no salary


  27. 27
    Superman says:

    The one nation in Corby is Scottish. Alex Salmond has a better chance of winning there than any of the current candidates. As he will soon be kicked out in Scotland maybe he should follow Gorgeous George and move south where people don’t know him.Nationalism vies with religion on predudice stakes so Alex could take Corby. Well they elected Mensch so anything goes there!

  28. 28
    Bewildebeest says:

    ‘Artlenock (aka Irthlingborough) and Raunds’……..’picture postcard’…..?????????

    He’s obviously never been to either.

  29. 29
    Beast says:

    Policies would be
    Abolition of the hunting ban
    Return of handguns and the right to carry them
    Scrap the BBC
    Instant jail time for anyone caught fiddling expenses
    Bringing back the death penalty and corporal punishment (including in schools)
    Leave the EU
    Pay our troops properly
    Cutting the wages of Drs and Nurses
    End meddling in Israels wars by proxy
    Put anybody called Blair in jail

    seal the borders and deport any useless eater who is sponging off us
    The hanging of just about anybody who practises law
    Police on the beat not in BMWs
    Thats just a start


  30. 30
    Beast says:

    Obummer is as straight as Graham Norton and his wife is as straight as Oprah

  31. 31
    Well it's a thought says:

    I thought liebour couldn’t have policies anymore after Brown went to court and won, all they can have is dreams, I wonder if it would be possible to hire an ambulance chaser and take them to court if they “produce” a policy.

  32. 32
    Beast says:

    As I am a Dr may I suggest a wift dose of silver buckshot to the back of her head
    In my experience this tends to cure “womens problems” second barrel for child abuse enabler Harmanhater

  33. 33
    ding a ling round 1 says:

    LibLabCon win no change, no difference, same party, if a different party like bbbbbbnnnnpppp or Ukip or Greens then we know the braindead have noticed.

  34. 34

    So who is the mouth breather who does not know it is ‘bellwether’, not ‘bell weather’, Ian Austin or an intern at LL?

  35. 35
    Really? says:

    Does it matter?

    From where I’m standing they all look and sound the same to me. Tell me, of all the thousands of useless laws enacted by New Labour, can you name ONE, the coalition have binned?

  36. 36
    ding a ling round 1 says:

    La La land seems to be getting full, mr Beast, must be a nice place.

  37. 37
    ding a ling round 1 says:

    I see the 12oclock embarrassment has started , it’s points people just scoring points off each other, service to the people of Britain will be found in the nearest skip.

  38. 38
    Rightallalong says:

    Labour always creates a ‘wan-nation’ Britain – a sick nation.

  39. 39
    Irtlingborough Resident says:

    Divorced from reality. Totally.
    There ain’t nothing picture postcard about this run down, post industrial dive.

  40. 40
    Chris Emmet says:

    There is no majority – it’s all a dastardly plan by we Tories to keep the chronically work-shy Corby reds firmly in their beds. And we would have got away with it if it wasn’t for that pesky Ian Austin.

  41. 41
    Voted for Mensch, regretted it instantly says:

    Has he ever been to Irthlingborough or Raunds? There is nothing picture postcard about either of those towns (largest in the constituency after Corby itself). They are both post industrial, pound shop, kebab shop, charity shop dives. To suggest any form of comparison to places like Woking tells me that the high command of the Labour party live in a bubble.
    It is true that Oundle is uber-posh and uber-Tory, as are the many tiny hunting rural villages dotted around, and that Thrapston is middle class – but the vast majority of people here have a standard of living that is in no way comparable to Berkshire.
    Maybe it will be a closer result than expected, becuase if Sawford walks up and down my street one more time, literally turning his back on anyone with a half decent car and garden, engaging exclusively and only with benefit chav scum, then a lot more people are going to say ‘why should I bother?’
    The modern labour party.
    Beyond parody.

  42. 42
    Legal Landlord says:

    the death penalty in schools seems particularly harsh !

  43. 43
    The Meissen Bison says:

    Either way it’s clear that the meaning of the word is a mystery. Like ‘Economy’.

  44. 44
    Sue Tsuzir says:

    Ian Austin, or pin head to his school chums

  45. 45
    soapy says:

    Damn nation?

  46. 46
    soapy says:

    Seems they do not use questions marks either…

  47. 47
    Sobvious innit? says:

    He was talking about lefty teachers imbuing young minds with lefty commie crap instead of teaching their charges to read rite an riffmatick proper.

  48. 48
    Blob says:

    Who was Twatson talking about in his latest 15 seconds of fame at PMQs today? He looked pitifully earnest.

  49. 49
    Chris The Leatherman says:

    Voted for Mensch beat me too it. Raunds and Irthlingborough (apparently it means people who keep pigs for a living and do a bit of ploughing but live in a manor) are not pretty places. I use to have a tannery in Irthlingborough it was one of 4.

  50. 50
    Anonymous says:

    When canvassing the candidate is directed by the team holding the sheets and the doors you are referring to have more than likely already said they would not support him so why would he call on them?

    If you want to speak to him next time he is walking up and down your street just go out and say hello. He will stop and speak to anybody. Even if you do make ill informed comments on a right wing website.

  51. 51
    Eeyore says:

    Not strictly accurate. Rockingham and Oundle are beyond beautiful, though Rockingham does have a busy main road running through it. Last time I saw Irthlingborough and Raunds they were basically dumps – shoe-manufacturing towns that lost their principal industry a generation ago and have yet to find a replacement.

  52. 52
    Eeyore says:

    Sorry #49 – like you, I was disagreeing with the candidate’s froth, though it came out as if I was differing from you.

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