Saturday, 17 April 2010

Politics - ain't it fun?

I use this blog and other places to write about things that interest me.  It will have occurred to anyone who has bothered to read anything here that I am a member of the SNP. And I was more than a tad annoyed about the SNP and Plaid being excluded from what started off as 'Leaders' debates and metamorphised into 'PM' debates.

However, the outcome of the first debate has led me to rethink my ideas, at least slightly.

It seems to me that we are wishing on ourselves a sort of 'Obama' moment, when we throw away all the wrong that has been perpetrated in our name.

It is, kind of hard, for me to see Nick Clegg as an Obama figure.

But this weekends opinion polls suggest that people do want to give him that status.

It looks to me like 'a plague on both your houses'. Lab and Tory are both thought to be old and corrupt by the electorate. They will find any alternative, any option, to vote for.

I felt, no feel, continuing anger at the political duck house owners and other chumps that make up our political class.

It seems that I underestimated the Great British Public. Give them an option, and they might well take it.

From an SNP point of view, of course, none of this is news.

I am pretty sure that the Scottish debate, if enough people watch it,  will have a similar defining effect on this mood.

I have watched in awe at the ability of folk to spin. Be it the Steven Purcell stuff and the alleged links to organised crime that were firstly not to be investigated and now, perhaps, are. Whether anything is allowed to surface that would have a political impact on this election is probably the extent to which this cloak will be deemed successful or not.

The whole sleazy aspect of politics ought to have an effect on folk. It seems to me that the
admittedly proven, troughing at Westminster may have a significant effect in the Westminster elections. The lesser and later allegations against Scottish Local Government, Scottish Labour MP's should impact but probably won't.

Still, as a voter, if there are unanswered questions against a particular political party, Labour in this case, the electorate should, but probably won't, consider unproven gangster links, or unproven influence on tendering processes as sufficient to change their vote.

They probably won't.

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