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    Donkey =Labour? (UK)

    I realise this confession may not sound so very shocking to millions of Mail readers, but, until recently, the idea of me voting Tory was about as likely as John "Five Bellies" Prescott having an eating disorder.

    In the part of South Wales I come from, they say that if the choice for MP was between a Tory and a donkey, then the donkey would win.

    Well, I have voted Donkey three times in the past ten years, and I am coming to the sad conclusion that the stubborn old ass is kicking the very people it is supposed to help.
    Hi, Is the Labour Party's nickname Donkey in the U.K.? Thanks!

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    Re: Donkey =Labour? (UK)

    No, though I suppose the joke might owe a bit to the donkey as symbol for the Democratic Party in the US (http://www.factmonster.com/ipka/A0881985.html) and the (very) approximate alignment of the UK Labour Party with the US Democrats. (When I say 'might owe a bit' I just mean that the idea might have been in the back of the writer's mind; I don't believe it's a conscious thing.)

    Chiefly, when this writer uses the phrase 'vote Donkey' he's just referring back to the Welsh joke (the choice between a donkey and a Tory); he just means he's voted Labour (incidentally, the expression 'vote for the Labour Party['s] candidate' is almost always abbreviated to 'vote Labour'). He also chooses it to pave the way for his 'stubborn old ass'/kicking metaphor.

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    Re: Donkey =Labour? (UK)

    Morning there, Mr. Bobk.

    I had thought Labour had the same nickname with American Democratic Party.

    Thanks for your clarification.

    Cheers!

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