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On the Eve Of The Election [May. 6th, 2015|10:44 am]
Tony Grist
Do the party leaders change anyone's political opinions by tear-arseing round the country in the way they feel bound to do in the run up to an election?  It's not as if they meet people. Wherever they go it's nothing but photo-ops and carefully vetted audiences and the same green-mouldy soundbites. If it wasn't that they'd get found out they might just as well stay in one place and act out in front of a bluescreen.

The Edstone was a terrible idea, but I'll bet the person who came up with it was paid a shed-load of money.

Cameron was on the radio this morning dodging a question about what he'd do if he doesn't win an outright majority (which he won't.)  He and Miliband are as bad as one another in this refusal to engage with what's going to happen on Friday.

I see UKIP has had to uncouple yet another candidate who has said something hideously racist.

As always the cool kids endorse Labour. Most recently there's been Russell Brand and Steve Coogan. The Mail told us what jokes they both were and- without any sense of irony-  put the paragraph under one in which Joan Collins was quoted as backing the Tories.

The stalest, most hateful phrase of the moment is "hard-working families". It makes me think of those Ladybird books about Jane and John and their ever-smiling parents. What about the people who don't and can't work? What about the people without families? Do our political elites have any idea how Britain lives and loves in the 21st century?
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From: cmcmck
2015-05-06 09:52 am (UTC)
See my latest for an article on UKIP's new sacking.

That (ex) UKIP candidate is an ex Tory too.

Go figure as our American cousins say...........

They'll not be able to drop him from the ballot sheet though even though he's now theoretically an independent and he'll still be in the UKIP name which is rather disturbing.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2015-05-06 10:20 am (UTC)
Not only hateful but dim. You'd think the guy would have the sense to keep his more extreme opinions under his hat
in the run up to the election.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2015-05-06 12:27 pm (UTC)
This is the party that happily embraced Neil Hamilton.
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From: cmcmck
2015-05-06 12:31 pm (UTC)
Just so.............
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[User Picture]From: matrixmann
2015-05-06 10:04 am (UTC)
Reminds you of what they say about what they've done with Honecker in the end. They put up friendly environments where there was no lack to see and everyone was happy with the work of the government - and literally behind these stages you could see the ruins of the state. (That's why the people went out on the streets in 1989 - the ruins grew to big.)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2015-05-06 10:11 am (UTC)
The politicians go on faking it even though they must know that they've been found out.
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[User Picture]From: matrixmann
2015-05-06 11:20 am (UTC)
I see.
Don't know if that is the phenomenon of "the show must go on" on this, but sometimes you really wonder what is it worth faking this all the time if you can already see the ruins with your own eyes. I mean, it's not like a good part your society doesn't take notice, so the card "we need to prevent mass-panic" doesn't count. Results might not be that much different in the worse sense after officially admitting what people already perceive.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2015-05-06 12:24 pm (UTC)
I think they're stuck in a holding pattern- and don't know how to get out of it.
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[User Picture]From: matrixmann
2015-05-06 12:39 pm (UTC)
Maybe.
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[User Picture]From: howlin_wolf_66
2015-05-06 12:26 pm (UTC)
The answer to that last question is 'no'…
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2015-05-06 12:29 pm (UTC)
'Fraid so.
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[User Picture]From: porsupah
2015-05-06 04:57 pm (UTC)
Not a lot to add, I'm afraid - merely copious agreement. There's so little sincerity or conviction (though one could well argue for a different sort to be applied to many of them) about most of the Con/Lab/LD triad. As utterly abhorrent as UKIP are, at least they're honest about being borderline fascists and racists. Compare that to the local helicoptered Tory candidate, whose campaign leaflets make a headline point of working for a local A&E department. It was his fucking lot that closed it in the first place! FFS.

I was rather surprised to see Brand prop up Labour, given they've adoped Conservative policies on bashing welfare claimants as scroungers, and pledging they'll be even tougher. As if £70/week is liveable to begin with - one of the lowest levels of unemployment benefit in the EU. And don't even get me started on the abhorrence of sanctioning for the most trivial, asinine "reasons".
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2015-05-07 08:29 am (UTC)
Brand is a mercurial chap- given to passing enthusiasms.
I think meeting Miliband turned his head.
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[User Picture]From: davesmusictank
2015-05-08 06:21 pm (UTC)
Well now that is is over - it is another five years of pain and disillusionment.
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