A Conservative Parliamentary candidate was walking along High Street in Newtown, Montgomeryshire this morning, when he was accosted by what can only be described as a high pressure salesman, seeking to persuade unsuspecting passers by to switch to Swalec to supply gas and electricity. The conversation went something like this;
High Pressure Salesman - "Who supplies you with your gas and electricity?"
Parliamentary Candidate - "Er, um, Manweb."
HPS - "Do you know who owns Manweb?"
PC - "Er, um, Scottish Power."
HPS - "And who owns Scottish Power?"
PC - "Er, um. I don't know. Does it matter?"
HPS - "Its owned by the Spanish" - delivered in a tone that suggested that any clear thinking British person would leap back in disgust, and immediately sign on the dotted line of Swalec's transfer form.
PC - "Don't you think your attitude is a bit narrow minded?"
HPS - "We should not be allowing profits to go to a foreign country".
Must admit that I'd had enough, and walked off. The last time I stopped to speak with a stall on the side of a street in Newtown was about 20 yards around the corner at the entrance to Bear Lanes a few months ago. It was a BNP stall. Just thought I'd mention it.