Margaret Thatcher’s press secretary Bernard Ingham has responded to a poll revealing that 39% of northerners would never vote Tory by calling them “demented” — and compares voters to cattle. With the survey by YouGov also revealing one in four people from the regions don’t even know someone who votes Conservative, the Yorkshireman slams his northern kindred in a column for the Yorkshire Post:
“But what worries me is the impression given by the 40 per cent who say they won’t [vote Tory]. At best it suggests closed minds, a certain bigotry. At worst it conveys an image of bovine stupidity”
Having extolled the virtues of George Osborne’s financial management, he continues:
“Against this background any Northerner who can never contemplate voting Conservative is clearly so demented as to be a danger to himself and his family – economically and socially suicidal.”
Naturally, Ingham also has something to say on trade union protest tactics, which he describes as “thuggish”.
For some context on ‘thuggishness’, here’s a reminder of the Thatcherite social model in northern England: