Tuesday, 21 June 2011

How to do new politics properly

It [the Best Party] burst on to the scene before last year's municipal election, satirising politics and throwing traditional parties into disarray.

Its first pledge was to break all its promises, making the party almost impossible to attack, then it promised a polar bear to the zoo and a drug-free parliament within 10 years.

How comedian Jón Gnarr shook up Icelandic politics in the wake of the banking crisis. How different things could have been if out own dear Nick Clegg had just come out and told us that his promises were jokes before going on to break them. We might at least have had a deputy Prime Minister with a shred of  credibility. As it is, we didn't even get a bloody polar bear.