Darling Tommy, who is running the Labour campaign in Ealing Southall, posted on his blog about this "very surreal" fact.
There’s one small political problem with this. There is no Tony Lit registered to vote in Chiswick. I know he only joined the Conservatives last week but running a candidate who isn’t registered to vote strikes me as just peculiar.
This wouldn't necessarily matter—as we all "know", blogs are notoriously unreliable and the blog of a documented liar is going to be even less trustworthy—except that, as Iain Dale reports, Joan Ryan MP, the ex Home Office minister and now vice chair of the Labour Party, wrote an open letter to George Osbourne alleging the same thing.
In her letter, she said...How can Tony Lit credibly ask anyone in Ealing Southall to vote for him when he has not bothered to register to vote himself? Can you please tell me when Tony Lit intends to register to vote? When local residents in Ealing Southall realise that the Tony who wants their vote does not have a vote of his own they too will soon be asking - Who is Tony Lit? I would welcome a speedy response to my questions. As this is a matter of major public interesy, I am releasing this letter to the media.
Sadly for Ms Ryan and Tom Watson they haven't done their homework.
No, indeed: "Tony" Lit is actually on the Electoral Register under his full name of Surinderpal Singh Lit. "Tony" is his common name, which people can now stand under, according to rules introduced by NuLabour.
Tory by-election supremo Grant Shapps has now written a stinging resposte to Joan Ryan (who was axed from her Home Office job last week) pointing out that it is in fact illegal to publish false statements about candidates under electoral law.Dear Joan,
I'm writing in response to your letter to George Osborne with reference to our candidate in the Ealing Southall by-election. In your letter you claim that Mr Lit is not on the electoral register.You are wrong. Tony's full name is Surinderpal Singh Lit. He has voted in every single general election since he was 18 years of age. As you will be aware, it is an illegal practice under electoral law to publish a false statement regarding a candidate, and now that you've been made aware of your error, please confirm that you will now issue a public apology for mistakenly inferring that our candidate is not on the electoral register. I will of course be releasing this letter to the media.
Grant Shapps MP
So it looks as if Labour has committed a bit of a clanger here.
Oh dear, oh dear. I think that the message here is that one should check one's facts before releasing open letters to the media. But, in this case, I am glad that they did not do so: I needed a good laugh.
My main conclusion would be that electoral law, like everything else that NuLabour have touched, has become increasingly convoluted and stupid and that we should just kill the whole fucking lot of these thieving politico cunts, in any case. I'm with Sean Gabb of the Libertarian Alliance, myself.
Suddenly, Iain Dale turned to me and asked if I thought the Conservatives might have trouble finding people of sufficient quality to shadow the new Ministers.
Yes, I answered wearily, the Conservatives would have trouble matching the quality of these new Ministers—but only because they were themselves even more useless and morally corrupt than Labour. I added that a better government than the new one could easily be formed by choosing two dozen people at random from the catering staff at the Palace of Westminster.
That started a flood of denunciation. The Loud Woman asked grandly who I thought I was to speak so slightingly of our masters. I answered that every politician I had ever met was human trash—the better ones were in the game for the money and sex; the rest were plodding control freaks.
But maybe I'm just feeling tetchy, bored rigid by the clown-like antics and mendacious machinations of the god-awful, dishonest and venal politicos.