Discounts for Tories

Nick Holdstock · Blackwell's Special Offer

A friend who works in my local Blackwell’s told me that Conservative Party members get a discount at the bookshop. This seemed so unlikely that I phoned the Blackwell’s helpline pretending to be a paid-up Tory, and sure enough was told that I would get 20 per cent off. Joining the Conservative Party costs £25 a year: if you spend £125 a year on books at Blackwells you essentially get your party membership for free (a less catchy offer perhaps than ‘3 for 2’). It’s unclear, though, how the Tories’ encouraging people to shop at Blackwell’s fits in with their alleged support for small shops, unless they mean the smaller branches of Blackwell’s.


  • 20 July 2010 at 4:35pm
    pinhut says:
    "Joining the Conservative Party costs £25 a year: if you spend £125 a year on books at Blackwells essentially get your party membership for free..."

    One has also stained irreparably the soul.

    • 20 July 2010 at 10:30pm
      Pete Hindle says: @ pinhut
      Have to agree; I'd usually do anything for cheaper books, and the chance to support meatspace book vendors... but this time, the cost is too steep.

    • 21 July 2010 at 9:59am

    • 21 July 2010 at 10:19am
      And to preempt anyone from giving them a whole twenty-five quid, it actually says that you can get all their benefits by becoming a "friend" of the Tory party at a minimum outlay (though the cost to your soul stays the same) of only £1.

      When I tried to find out more about the benefits, by clicking the link to the so-called Affinity Programme, "the requested document was not found". Well, at least it's consistent. Conservatives. Turning Britain around!

    • 21 July 2010 at 3:45pm
      pinhut says: @ A.J.P. Crown
      The Affinity Programme is presently being urbanised, it will be relaunced as The Naff, 'Innit? Programme in 2011.

    • 22 July 2010 at 8:11pm
      alex says: @ A.J.P. Crown
      How much does it cost to become an enemy of the Tory Party? 2 Euros?

  • 21 July 2010 at 9:31am
    Joe Morison says:
    Weird and depressing.

  • 22 July 2010 at 4:54pm
    dragbert says:
    While if you're a Bullingdon Club member, or friends of the Bullingdon Club you get to trash the shop and pay for 25% of the damage.

  • 23 July 2010 at 12:48pm
    coolraoul says:
    Wait til you see the Ryanair deal.

  • 24 July 2010 at 9:13pm
    Matthew Bionic says:
    I know several Blackwells staff, and they are all horrified at Tories getting discounts. They're all screaming lefties.

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