In fairness to David ‘Camera-on’, his Tory tosspots aren’t the only party to follow this line of campaigning. Our constituency is awash with billboards featuring Gordon Brown with outlandish claims as to what he may or may not have been responsible for.
Do you know what I’d be more interested in? In how they plan to fix it. British party politics is not a subject I’ve ever really engaged with – the fabrication of New Labour under Phoney Tony delivered us a wonderfully superficial personality-politics, and he won based on it against an opponent with no discernable personality.
So I fear David ‘call me Dave’ Cameron will press home an advantage in the forthcoming election, amongst a population disillusioned with politicians in general, and eager to scapegoat the charisma-less incumbent Prime Minister – and of course – buying into the media furore that somehow we’re all on the verge of poverty because of the ‘credit crunch.’
What’s most upsetting for me though, is where I live there really is only a choice of Tory or Labour. Of course, there are other candidates – but they have zero chance of winning – do I vote with the party that actually approximates my values (read: ‘the least odious of the options, because none of them represent my values’), or do I place a tactical vote for Labour simply to stack against a Conservative vote?
Democracy my arse.