Rory Stewart – Man of the People
Nice one Rory. How to lose friends and influence in one foul quote (or three). Many of us Cumbrians are “pretty primitive” and include “people holding up their trousers with bits of twine”. And of course let’s not forget that hilarious anecdote “”I was in one village where a local kid was run over by a tractor. They took him to Carlisle but they couldn’t be bothered to wait at the hospital. So they put him in a darkened room for two weeks then said he was fine. But I’m not so sure he was.” Ho Ho Ho.
Of course Rory now accepts he was “extremely foolish” and was trying to make the point (badly) that Cumbria is not full of posh loaded people who can look forward to the cuts in public spending without fear, but in fact has some real people in it, many of whom struggle to find work and money in equal measure. Well he’s sure right about that.
Give the guy a break
In fact just possibly Rory is more cunning than anyone could imagine. He has at a stroke (or verbal outpouring) made the point that Cumbria is a deprived area in need of more investment and support, not massive cuts. Frankly on the basis that all publicity is good publicity then I say all power to him. So well done Rory, if this sort of gaffe is the only way you can get your point across in the national media then fair play to you. Gaffe away. Just make sure you don’t lose the momentum now. Seize your moment in the spot light and hammer home the real point that Cumbria has suffered massively over the last decade in terms of inward investment compared to the North East and Scotland. The county is full of real people who need real jobs and support, and is not just a beautiful landscape which should be preserved as a museum and location for the second homes of rich public sector employees from the North East…
While you’re at it, you could make the same point to the Lake District National Park planning authority, who should be reminded that real people need to make a living on a daily basis. In fact if you’re looking to take some money out of public spending in Cumbria that looks like a good place to start!!!
Anyway don’t get me started on them. Back to Rory. Nice one son, keep em coming….