"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Thursday, 15 April 2010

Lost Mojo

I'm distinctly unimpressed with all the political news lately, turning as it does on the leaders' debate and the GE. I've read and heard enough of the spin and pre-spin, the excuses, accusations and denials to make me feel like burying my head in the sand for the next three weeks, which is strange since the election is so important. I'm just weary of the incessant media coverage and MPs don't seem to be treating it with the seriousness it warrants. It's petty politics.

Pollsters Angus Reid will be publishing the results of an opinion poll taken as soon as the televised debate finishes this evening. I'll be trying to watch the whole ninety-minute programme but the hype and format (76 rules) aren't very encouraging.  I suspect that the majority of those watching will be tuning in to see if one of them falls apart.  I still don't get Clegg's involvement - if we're going for minority parties I'd rather see Lord Pearson and Nick Griffin up there.

Here's some news I found while doing the rounds earlier:

Anti-EU economic reform riots in Spain
Don't mention the national debt - another storming Booker article
Thumbprints wanted at 2nd hand shops
Criminalising the elderly - they'll have to run faster
GM crops cause kidney/liver damage - Monsanto in the dock
Two from WiseUp Journal: Confirmation of behaviour placement in tv programmes and Airline conversations monitored under new EU project


  1. You're certainly not alone in your despair over the current lacklustre political beauty contest, GV, it's nothing but shallow twaddle!

  2. Watch on channel 4 and just before the "debate" see the man with who they were frightened to debate.


  3. 'Shallow twaddle' - that's very restrained of you, Spidey! I never want to see another MP's wife either or read about where she buys her outfits... ... ...

    I'll try Bugger - but I'm tempted by the radio - it's consistently more interesting than tv news. Are we talking Alex Salmond here?

  4. Why you are waiting try watching this.

    Can't lay a paw on him


  5. The Scots have their own election debates so Salmond should do well there. The Welsh and N.Irish will also be having their own. Salmond, Pearson, Griffin, Mounsey et al have no chance of being UK PM so give it a rest. The only basis that Salmond can claim to have a right to be involved is because Clegg was invited and he's about as likely to be PM as Salmond, Pearson, ... Personally, I wouldn't have had Clegg.

    You can argue that last night's was an English debate in all but name but we all know it's not the same thing. Cameron's Cons have it in their manifesto that only English MPs will be able to vote on English matters, which sounds like a good start to me.

  6. The SNP MPs at Westminster have never voted on an English only matter.

    So, GV what is your gripe unless it is against the LibDums, Tories and ZaNuLiebours.

    We don't like them either.

    Could have been put better GV, methinks

  7. No doubt true Bugger, put it down to early-morning posting. I just don't see the point of Salmond protesting all the time that it's somehow 'anti-democratic'. The whole process is anti-democratic given the reality of choice we have at the polling booth.

  8. I couldn't agree more except that in Scotland there is a real alternative, and a radical one, in the SNP.

    You should move to Scotland.

  9. Don't think a spot of crofting hasn't crossed my mind, Bugger :-) but when you read what's in store for Scotland (England's social engineering Mk II) I may as well stay where I am.


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