A Mischief Of Magpies

If the Sun were the size of a beach ball then Jupiter would be the size of a golf ball and a Mischief of Magpies would be as small as a pea.

Monday, January 30, 2006


It's not often that I find myself agreeing with Norman Tebbit, but when he says...

"If all the parties mill around in the centre ground and the elector feels that it doesn't matter which one he votes for, it won't make a lot of difference, he will probably stay at home.

"We have now got about 18 million people that don't vote and that is close to the total number who vote Conservative and Labour together. That is dangerous.

"Mucking around in the middle ground, you might get one million votes one way or another, but you won't bring those people back into the democratic process."

... it does ring true.

Blair has led the way in value-free politics and Cameron is busily following him down the same route but, when faced with two essentially identical main parties - and a seriously unbalanced electoral system - is it any wonder that voters are staying home in ever larger numbers?


At 8:52 pm, Blogger ill man said...

I regard Labour as centre right to be honest, but yes, essentially the middle ground is just a tad over populated. Thing is, going right did the Tories nothing but harm. Labour had to move in from the left to get elected. All of which makes you wonder what the Liberals were doing wrong in the eighties and early nineties...............

Ok, those were different times...........

I think this is the way it's going to be for some time. Three toothless old bears slugging it out over the rotting carcass of "all things to all people" politics. With a side serving of "tough on law and order and low taxation".


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