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What does the Labour party's shop tell us about Labour?

Having been shown a rather alarming faux silk scarf that a constituency Tory party has made available (names withheld to protect the guilty ), I decided it was time to see what the 'People's Party' is selling, apart from snake oil. Go to Labour org uk and then drill down, as I am not going to link directly.

Gifts are fairly run of the mill bar a DVD of Broon's speech to conference. Is there anyone alive who would think that the perfect night in would involve unplugging the 'phone, arranging mood lighting and sitting down to watch what even Broon's greatest fans would not say was that great a speech. Doubtless I am wrong, however.

It is when we get to clothing that it starts to get interesting..

Why is the campaigners coat only immediately available in large and extra large (if not John Prescott)? Do they not bother making up smalls and mediums, or has there been a run on them by people the same build as Blears?

What is more, you can have the coat and other items personalised. There is no clear limit on characters, and no boiler plate exclusion as to what one might have included. Options which sprang to mind were 'I am only wearing this because it is cold', and 'don't blame me, I didn't vote for this lot'. Furthermore there is no apparent requirement to be a Labour party member to buy this stuff. I think that there might be scope for a re-run of the Nike 'sweatshop' trainer personalisation shenanigans of 2001.

After further rumination, I think 'Labour for Johnson' or 'Vote Johnson' could be a winner.

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Anonymous grumpy grandad said... 12:51 pm

I bet they do a roaring trade in cloth caps and donkey jackets.  



Blogger Croydonian said... 12:55 pm

They do not appear to sell those, alas.  



Blogger Ed said... 1:30 pm

If I was to order anything, I think it might not be quite as polite as your suggestions Mr C.  



Blogger Croydonian said... 1:51 pm

Ed - I was aiming at the subtle....  



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