When Defeat Is Victory

7 May
Dunkirk Beach

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I can think of two examples: Dunkirk, and Tory Boy’s first time on a ballot paper.

The two are not comparable, of course: I have nothing but admiration for the men at Dunkirk and those who spent days ferrying them to safety.  I once met a Dunkirk survivor.  He lived next door to my Nan, and took my teenage self in for a cup of tea because she was out when I arrived.  I spotted his certificate and he told me all about it.  I very much regret not keeping a notebook back then, because all I remember is the dim light in the flat and the certificate in the frame.

I admire my son, too.  He was asked to stand as a candidate where he lives, in Thursday’s council elections, knowing that he would not win.  He did stand; he didn’t win; he didn’t mind: it was his duty. 

He did rather better than might have been expected, though; of the three Conservative candidates, he polled the most votes:




Liberal Democrat 202 Not Elected
Labour 1131 Elected
Conservative 467 Not Elected
Conservative 407 Not Elected
Green 731 Not Elected
Labour 931 Elected
Liberal Democrat 130 Not Elected
Liberal Democrat 98 Not Elected
Labour 1085 Elected
Green 522 Not Elected
Green 419 Not Elected
Conservative 303 Not Elected

He laughed when I congratulated him.  It was an alphabet accident: of the three, his name came first on the ballot paper. 

Makes you despair of the electorate, doesn’t it?

Anyway, well done, Tory Boy: I’m so proud that you were willing to fall on your sword for the party.

25 Responses to “When Defeat Is Victory”

  1. sarsm May 7, 2011 at 10:18 #

    No wonder you’re proud of your son, Tilly.


  2. vivinfrance May 7, 2011 at 10:42 #

    Good practice for his illustrious future. But when he really starts to stand for parliament, I hope that he will have done something practical first, business or industry, to give him a better idea of what he will be managing.


    • Tilly Bud May 7, 2011 at 11:13 #

      He has it all planned: Uni – Army – Business – Government.


  3. Ron. May 7, 2011 at 11:06 #

    I guess if I planned on a political career, I’d change my name to Aaron Aaronson. Enjoyed the post & thanks for stopping by the eggs.


    • Tilly Bud May 8, 2011 at 21:48 #

      Good thinking 🙂 Of course, then the press would wonder what you have to hide…a mother with an embarrassing blog, maybe?


  4. kateshrewsday May 7, 2011 at 13:19 #

    Brilliant experience, and what a great bloke for standing whatever the outcome. Well done Tory Boy!


  5. earlybird May 7, 2011 at 13:33 #

    Good for him. Most impressive that he stood.


  6. flo May 7, 2011 at 13:35 #

    If only Tory Boy had been on the right team! Well done though TB 🙂


  7. slpmartin May 7, 2011 at 15:59 #

    Much to be proud of with a son like that!


  8. beckysefton May 7, 2011 at 19:41 #

    Well done Tory Boy!


  9. Cindy May 7, 2011 at 20:34 #

    Mister Bud for president, next time.


  10. eof737 May 8, 2011 at 06:51 #

    He should be proud for stepping up to the plate instead of spouting platitudes from the peanut gallery. At least he stood for something!
    Happy Mother’s Day! 🙂


    • Tilly Bud May 8, 2011 at 21:45 #

      He’s been doing it since his first year of high school, when he got one vote (his own). Won a few elections since then, I’m glad to say 🙂


  11. viewfromtheside May 8, 2011 at 07:05 #

    he’s obviously a good lad, and learning about life the real way


  12. musings May 8, 2011 at 08:58 #

    Yae for your Tory Boy! You have every reason to be proud of him!


  13. speccy May 10, 2011 at 09:39 #

    Impressive stuff! You’ve done well in teaching him to make a stand for what he believes in. That takes guts.


    • Tilly Bud May 10, 2011 at 10:43 #

      Thanks speccy. We’ve done our best. It helps that my husband has never cared what anyone thinks and I always do what he tells me 😉



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