Oh, that mysterious and powerful art of political propaganda. While
many of us were left reeling last week following Secret History’s
revelations about British secret services’ use of pornographic scandal
to discredit Nazi leaders, word reaches us of a more disturbing tool of
influence being used right here in Britain.
And that dark new method? The postcard. Labour Party spin doctors say
they started it, having printed 500,000 to coincide with the party
conference in Bournemouth this month. The card shows a scene of
Bournemouth pier and, in a quaint old font, offers ’Greetings from
Overleaf is a list of the party’s achievements since coming into
And, of course, an invitation to join the cause.
Meanwhile, the Tories are considering sending birthday cards to people
who have turned 18. But instead of including crazy drinking gags, the
cards will warn the youngsters about the evils of joining the euro.
Apparently their research suggests high levels of eurosceptisicm among
18- to 24-year-olds.
Labour claims the Tories nicked their idea and that they have been
sending cards to 18-year-olds for years. A Labour spokesman said: ’They
seem to be playing catch-up again. I guess it’s rather flattering for
the Tories to copy our ideas, but it’s the message that matters and
until they get that right, no matter how many cards they send out, they
won’t be getting any happy returns from the British people.’
Labour, of course, would never copy any Tory ideas.