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Monday, May 12, 2008

Are cobblers "toffs"?

In the Crewe and Nantwich by-election, Labour's campaign has centred on allegations that the Conservative candidate, Edward Timpson, is a "toff". I'm intrigued by the notion. His family is behind the well-known Timpson chain, which specialises in key cutting and shoe repairs. The business was started in Greater Manchester, just to the north of Cheshire, where the Timpson family continue to live.

In short, it seems that the Timpson family are a prime example of "local lads done good". Not toffs, just people who have worked hard and succeeded in life. I can't think why that would be a bad thing, especially for someone seeking to be an MP.

Of course, the Labour Party doesn't like success. It gives the government less control when people are not reliant upon the state for support, and what's Labour for if not to increase government control over our every day lives? Labour has become an anachronism, completely stuck in the class warfare battles of the mid to late 20th century. Those wars are over, but the die-hard control freaks in the Labour Party just can't let go.

Edward Timpson is exactly the kind of person we need more of in parliament. He's clearly intelligent. He's successful. He's from a family of successful entrepreneurs. He isn't reliant upon the state, the state is reliant upon people like him. Crewe and Nantwich is lucky that, on top of all that, he lives and works nearby within Cheshire, his county of birth. The people of Crewe and Nantwich have the opportunity to elect someone who has the local knowledge to understand what the area needs and also the proven ability to stand up and fight - putting that local knowledge to good use.

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