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Oh the irony...

Scene: Outside 1970s house in Ross on Wye:

Canvasser, Cicero (for it is he), knocks on door which opens:

Elderly Lady: Yes..
Cicero: Hello Mrs Xxxxx, I am calling on behalf of Chris Bartrum, your Liberal Democrat candidate in the upcoming Herefordshire elections, I wonder if you will be coming out to vote on May 3rd?
Elderly Lady: Oh I don't think so..
Cicero: Can I ask if you have voted our way before?
EL: Well, no, you see we are Jehovah's Witnesses and we never vote.

Door closes.

Exit Cicero grinning evilly and cackling...


HE Elsom said…
I once canvassed some Jehovah's Witnesses in Colchester. They were dying to shut the door on me, but I kept bothering them for three or four minutes. Truly rewarding.
Anonymous said…
That Lady gave a wrong reply...

She has voted already - for Jesus' Heavenly Government.

Let's just hope that till it takes affect here on the earth that she's a law abiding tax-paying citizen ;^)
Liberal Polemic said…
On the back of the latest edition of (ALDC's?) campaign guidebook is a nice photograph of me having persuaded a JW to sign my Green Tax Switch petition.

Don't give up on them too quickly!

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