Saturday, 22 June 2013

Un homme serieux

You're heading a political party in opposition. Government policy seems to be choking off any chance of an economic recovery. So you announce that you, the opposition, need to prove your credibility by sticking to the government's failing Plan A.

I'm looking forward to the next general election, when I get to exercise my democratic right to choose between two parties, both promising to carry on doing more or less the same thing, without any meaningful discussion about whether or not the thing is actually working, or is ever likely to work.

Why confuse voters with clear choices and coherent arguments, when you can just send "signals" by dropping words like "credible" or "tough" into the official party sound bite of the day?

Wouldn't it be great if political parties aimed for incredible once in a while? Or even just a little bit different?