23 February 2010
TweedleLabour & TweedleTory: that's the choice on offer
The election campaign certainly seems to be up and running what with Gordon Brown accused of being a screaming bully and David Cameron demanding an inquiry into the charges. Nu-Labour has dug up a former London Deputy Mayor who claims that Boris Johnson believes that he has a "divine right" to be Prime Minister and thinks that he could do a better job than Cameron. Tory blogger Iain Dale got in on the act by running an image that showed Brown as Hitler, leading the public schoolboys at Harry's Place to cry foul. Not that HP is ever behind in coming forward with a smear or two of its own, but Nu-Labour smears are different, or something.
Lost in all of this fun and frivolity is the obvious truth that when the two main parties are interchangeable in terms of economic and social policies, then mudslinging is the only way to conduct a campaign. There is no debate over the matter of immigration and the fact that London today more closely resembles a third world souk than it does Britain's capital. Neither is any party talking about the fact that roughly eighty percent of the new jobs created under this government have gone to foreigners. Labour makes no mention of the fact that the Tories backtracked on their promise of a referendum on the European Constitution because, let's be honest, so did Labour. We could go on, but what's the point?
Both parties need to take the politics out of politics because both parties offer pretty much the same dish to the voters. Faced with that the people really should consider voting for a minor party or refusing to vote at all.