Potemkin villages

Sharp observation from Mark Devenport as he followed David Cameron around on his one day visit.

Enroute to Portadown on the M1 I noticed that eager Conservative and Unionist supporters had parked large mobile billboards with their “Vote for Change” message on a couple of bridges over the motorway. Presumably they hoped the leader would spot them on his way to the factory. It made me think fleetingly of the Potemkin villages supposedly erected in Rusia to impress the empress as she swept by.


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