Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Before the General Election I had expected that once a Hung Parliament was in place, that politicians would suddenly become much more amenable to each others' opinions and beliefs, but in reality they have resorted to playground bickering. I teach a class of eleven year olds who make less fuss about working next to people they don't like.
I saw Frank Dobson on the BBC complaining that the LibDems are not to be trusted, because, er, they just aren't, okay? Liam Fox has been making very loud noises about how the public "didn't vote for electoral reform" when the campaign to get a Hung Parliament was largely centred around forcing electoral reform onto the agenda, and no, of course the electorate as a whole didn't vote specifically for electoral reform. But then, they didn't vote exclusively for the economy either. They voted their local MPs into Parliament.
There were a lot of comments yesterday about how Brown is unelected, as would be any Labour successor, as if we elect our Prime Ministers directly. It's a beautiful irony that many of the people arguing passionately that electoral reform isn't important, are also the very same people complaining when the current Prime Minister follows the existing electoral system precisely as it is laid out.
A couple of days ago I was getting quite angry about how politicians were regressing to their tribal instincts and publicly making wild and offensive generalisations about each other. Now, however, my anger has matured into endless amusement at the people we have chosen to run our country and at the feckless imbeciles taking it all seriously under the rolling 24-hour banner of "BREAKING NEWS".
Wednesday, May 05, 2010
I've already been a bit annoyed about the LibDems in Islington before. I'm sure I've mentioned on here their chronic over-leafleting, and their screaming negative politics against the "can't win here" Conservatives and the "want to close the Whittington hospital" Labour candidates.
They never seem to have anything much positive to say about their own policies, apart from freezing council tax and giving young people priority for social housing. Their campaign literature is a broken record, political noise that I simply began to filter out after their third or fourth contribution to my doormat.
Just in case anyone was in any doubt that Big Society is a euphemism for closure of key public services and mass privatisation under the guise of "choice", there's a great article in the Independent about Fulham and Hammersmith Council, that "model of compassionate conservatism". You can read the whole article here, but here's the bit that made me least angry, if only because it's so ridiculous:
"I walk the borough for days, trying to find what Cameron celebrates about this council – until, at the tip of the borough, I find a large grassy metaphor for Conservative priorities that seems so crude that I wonder whether it could have been secretly designed by the Socialist Workers Party cartoonist and plonked in my path. Hurlingham Park was a big vibrant patch of green where kids from the local estates could play, and run on one of the few professional running tracks in the country, in a setting so classically beautiful it was used in the film Chariots of Fire. But then the Conservatives were elected. They handed the park over to a large international polo consortium that has ripped out the running track and shut the park down for a month every year – so rich people can watch polo for hundreds of pounds a day."