Thursday, 23 July 2015

Are you thinking what we're thinking?

You must remember this, a kiss is just a kiss:
Back in 2005 Michael Howard launched a truly horrible poster campaign asking ‘Are you thinking what we’re thinking?’ with a series of ‘homely truths’...
...It was a series of posters, billboards, and TV commercials with messages like “It’s not racist to impose limits on immigration” and “How would you feel if a bloke on early release attacked your daughter?” and focused on issues like dirty hospitals, landgrabs by “gypsies” and restraints on police behaviour. They contaminated the public space.
Bella Caledonia

Not the sort of campaigning you'd want to emulate. Or maybe it is - stripped of the scapegoating and dog-whistle bigotry, I could see Lynton Crosby's slogan being successfully recycled by the 'out of touch' Labour left. Because, in the alternative reality* outside the Westminster bubble, a lot of people are, apparently, thinking what they're thinking.

Some of the Corbynite policies that the people polled seem to favour might be less realistic than others (a nuke-free world would be nice, but I can't see the folks in Washington, Moscow, Beijing, Islamabad and Pyonyang scrapping their missiles, just because the UK Labour Party asks them nicely), but things like rent controls, lower tuition fees and a 75% top rate of tax sound more reasonable than some of the borderline insane stuff already in the political 'mainstream.'

*Called 'reality.'