Quote of the day 17th April 2023

"Ad hominem, now ad feminam (Labour defends Sunak attack ads as it turns fire on PM’s wife, 11 April). What target next: the Sunaks’ children for being privately educated? Why, in the name of all that’s decent and honourable," ... "has the Labour party chosen this grubby bit of ankle-hacking?"

(Letter from Alexandra Smithies from Oban, Argyll and Bute in The Guardian online edition.)

Comments

Paul Holdsworth said…
What a pity you edited down Alexandra's letter, Chris. It's even more damning in full:

"Ad hominem, now ad feminam (Labour defends Sunak attack ads as it turns fire on PM’s wife, 11 April). What target next: the Sunaks’ children for being privately educated? Why, in the name of all that’s decent and honourable, given the open goal of the Tories’ disastrous administration to attack, has the Labour party chosen this grubby bit of ankle-hacking?"

The comprehensive shambles we're in after 13 years of Tory incompetence makes these attack-ads even more inexplicable and self-harming for Labour.
Gary Bullivant said…
Is it because they really believe that this sort of thing resonates with a large proportion of the electorate and there's an election, of sorts, in a couple of weeks?
Chris Whiteside said…
Obviously the people in whatever party who make this sort of attack think it resonates with a large portion of the electorate.

However, the opinion polls suggest there are an awful lot of other people with whom it doesn't.

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