There’s a lot of it around in Labour at the moment, isn’t there?* The backdrop to Ed’s speech on the news today was pure carnation, and his tie matched it. And of course there’s that “magenta” (pink) ‘Woman to Woman’ van, which has come in for a certain amount of derision.**
But what choices did the poor Labour spinners have? Red was obviously out, as were blue, yellow, purple and green. White would be invisible; besides, you only have to think about a white van at campaign HQ these days to get you the sack.
A little lateral thinking would have helped. I’ve done that, and I have the answer. A white van with a big Red Cross painted over each side (the slogan artfully inserted in the blank spaces). Think about it – it ticks boxes. It sends subliminal messages about healthcare and humanitarianism, issues many women feel deeply about. It could reassure potential Ukip defectors.*** And most importantly, mix the two colours together and you get a lovely girlie pink.
Just trying to help.
* Leaving politics aside, of course.
**Much of it from those whose own vans, not that long ago, were driving around flaunting a message saying ‘Don’t look too foreign, or we’ll get you and send you back somewhere nasty’, or something.
*** Not that many of those are women, I suspect.