Barnsley By-Election

Glad_its_all_over

ADC
Book Reviewer
So, the incumbent Labour MP in Barnsley has sought the Stewardship of the Chiltern Hundreds, probably because he is to be sentenced next week for a wonderfully sleazy expenses fraud offence, of which he has been found guilty.

The Labour candidate for the seat is Dan Jarvis. Super, wonderful, terrific - and here's something I didn't know, Dan Jarvis is a former Major in the Parachute Regiment, with lots of form, including as a Company Commander on Herrick.

I make no comment either way, other than to observe that I am mildly surprised, after the last thirteen years and three, no, four wars, that any former Regular Army man could bring himself to be associated with Labour.
 
Probably parachute in another Sixth Form Geek whose never had a proper job, or one of Hattie Harperson's favourite Gels in the Labour Party.....
 
Its South Yorkshire FFS, They would vote for a blind deaf chimp if was wearing a red rossette.
 

sirbhp

LE
Book Reviewer
it's a fact that ex forces folks make good trade union reps , with the diversity of bods in the mob of course they will join many of the parties even the BNP unfortunately.

I was very right wing when i came out of the RE's and used to take the Torygraph each day for about a year after demob, but I kept noticing that they were against the things that I personally thought that I would quite like in a modern society. So I joined labour for over 30 years voted LIB Dem at last election and surely wont do that again.
Many of my good friends vote Tory and we still seem to get on ok.
 
Quite a few officers have left wing tendencies, it goes with the job, those who put the welfare of their troops first and foremost are prime candidates for left leaning politics.

Nothing wrong with it, by joining parliament they just seem to want to do it on a bigger scale, remember the Sandhurst motto is "Serve to Lead".
 
Or the cynic in me says ..... he could be a chancer who sees the lie of the land and a certain [labour] victory and thinks my status as a former major in the Paras will give the party a certain cachet and no wonder they selected me. .... nice earner, I want some of that.
[vis-a-vis that other major, the turd Joyce.]
 

the_boy_syrup

LE
Book Reviewer
Or the cynic in me says ..... he could be a chancer who sees the lie of the land and a certain [labour] victory and thinks my status as a former major in the Paras will give the party a certain cachet and no wonder they selected me. .... nice earner, I want some of that.
[vis-a-vis that other major, the turd Joyce.]
Except a lot of ex miners still claim the Army came dressed as coppers during t'strike
Might back fire on him
 

planB

Swinger
Dan Jarvis - good bloke. I hope he does well even if I don't support his party. I suspect he will be a cracking MP.

pB
 
Having once worked in Barnsley I find it amazing that the knuckle dragging tykes qualify to vote at all.
 
Quite a few officers have left wing tendencies, it goes with the job, those who put the welfare of their troops first and foremost are prime candidates for left leaning politics.

Nothing wrong with it, by joining parliament they just seem to want to do it on a bigger scale, remember the Sandhurst motto is "Serve to Lead".
Pretty much correct my old OC now a Lt/Col was a card carrying labour member and fought the corner for the Sqn and the singlies. Much better than the spinless shit he replaced. Just a shame he'd a dodgy taste in bowties.
 

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