Tuesday, May 11, 2010
It's difficult to get angry about this General Election when it's so VERY funny
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".
On Saturday I went on the Take Back Parliament rally in London. We ended up live on all the news channels, who seemed completely unprepared for any kind of protest and apparently described us as a "bizarre flashmob", thus demonstrating old media's ignorance of All Things Modern, and inability to use social media to keep track of what's going on.
When Nick Clegg came out to speak to us, we were all told to move back to make room for the press and TV crews. Chants of "Fair Votes Now!" quickly gave way to chants of "Move The Press!" and then "Just Move Sky!".
Kay Burley, with immeasurable professionalism, tried to bully a protester she was interviewing for Sky News, into saying that what we were doing was completely pointless and wouldn't change anything. The response "Don't ask, don't get" springs to mind. But then, this is the woman who asked this question:
Later protesters gathered behind her shouting "Don't watch Sky! Watch the BBC! Sky News is shit!"
They're all completely losing their heads. These are the people who try to tell us what to do. Personally, I find that hilarious, and I make no apologies for not bowing to the BBC's or Sky's demands for apoplectic public rage.
Watch Adam Boulton completely losing his head yesterday on Sky News:
If that's not comedy gold then I don't know what is. Well, maybe this comment (spotted by Dave Turner) on today's Richard Littlejohn bile deposit:
Today, Richard tells the unlikely tale of a British Prime Minister's resignation having the same devastating impact as a military coup. It really is worth reading all of the comments in order to fully appreciate the spectacle of a multitude of enraged Tory supporters throwing all of their toys out of all of their prams all at the same time, while the Sun sings from two different hymn sheets.