Wednesday 17 January 2018

Labour beer range cheers Tories

A mock-up bar selling Ballsberg beer and PringBalls ahead of the Conservative Party annual conference in Birmingham.
A mock-up bar selling Ballsberg beer and PringBalls ahead of the Conservative Party annual conference in Birmingham.
A mock-up bar selling 'Mililight' beer

Conservatives at the party's conference in Birmingham could ready themselves for battle with their bitter foes by sinking a bottle of Labour-themed beer.

As has become traditional at the annual gathering, Tories produced a range of beers with labels poking fun at their political opponents.

Served at the Tax & Spend pub by barmen wearing Ed Miliband and Ed Balls masks, the range included Mililight ("Weak flavour, weak leader"), Ballsberg ("Probably not the best economist in the world") and Len's Lager, featuring a photo of Unite union leader Len McCluskey above the slogan "100% influence on Labour's policies".

If all that drinking left them feeling peckish, the Tory activists could also snack on Pring-Balls, with tube-shaped packets bearing a picture of the shadow chancellor admitting: "Once I start spending, I can't stop!"

Even the beermats offered a chance for another dig at Ed Miliband's party, carrying quotes from the Labour leader ("Q: Do you accept that looking back the Labour government spent too much money? A: No, I don't accept that") and his deputy Harriet Harman ("People on middle incomes should contribute more through their taxes".)

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