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Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Early thoughts on general Election 2017

The press is full of a lady called Brenda from Bristol who laments on the prospect of yet another election. The last general election was 2015, then the Scottish national Referendum, the brexit referendum and now this, the fourth in four years. Why voting fatigue? Surely we can drag ourselves down to the polling booth once a year to exercise our democratic right. Just be pleased you can do it; many can't.
Many from the various opposition parties are crowing about an apparent u-turn and accuse the Prime Minister of opportunism as if they wouldn't dream of doing so in the same circumstances. U-turns are not, necessarily, a sign of weakness but on the contrary, one of strength; it indicates a willingness to adapt to changing circumstances without compromising basic values. The First Minister of Scotland complains on both counts but I wonder if she'll be so cocky on June 9th.
The Greens have aired their new Party Political broadcast. They couldn't risk putting one of their number in the advert for fear of embarrassment, restricting the message to pictures of perceived problems overlaid with a haunting, folky tune that would appeal to the young. The same generation courted by the Labour Party because these are the voters who have been nowhere and done nothing. People who have hopes and ambitions but with misconceived notions of how the world operates; of what makes the world go round.

What is the point of TV debates except giving the TV companies the opportunity for cheaply produced programs. Tim Farron says that he would welcome a TV debate but that is not what it is. A debate listens to ideas and comes to a consensus but there is no way in which the Liberal Democrat will change his mind on Europe. A TV 'debate' would only allow the airing of views already put forward in interviews without the intrusion of personality politics.

The biggest threat to Mrs May is the press continually harping on about Mrs May's coronation, landslide victory, Labour annihilation etc. The public might get heartily sick of this one sided competition and feel some sympathy for the underdog and vote accordingly.

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