Awkward moments Premium28 May 2015 | by John Morrish
The recent election brought with it a new expression, or a new one to me: “shy Tories”. These were people who professed to be voting for other parties, only to put a cross against the Conservative candidate once they were in the privacy of the voting booth. It may even have been the “shy Tories”, rather than The Sun, wot won it.It turns out, though, that this is not a new expression at all. It was coined by Robert Hayward, then a Tory MP, during the 1992 election. The pollsters were also caught out then, although not quite so comprehensively as they were this time. Then they predicted a win for Neil Kinnock’s Labour Party, only for John Major’s Conservatives to triumph (though not in Hayward’s Kingswood seat).But what does “shy” mean a
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