Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Fighting vainly the old ennui

A man in woman's clothing?

Cameron is just like Blair; Blair's a Thatcherite wannabe. Capitalising on middle-class issues, education reform, save the Health Service... I'm losing track of who's on what side anymore.

This is my problem with British politics in the time of my own political consciousness: it's dull. And as a result I think the sweeping changes and landslides are more to do with boredom than enthusiasm. Did New Labour really promise everything society wanted, or were they simply not-the-Tories? And isn't Cameron's surge up the polls more or less attributable to a similar 'phenomenon'?

The lesser of two evils, the lesser of who cares? There is no viable third party or third way, this is what we're stuck with. I don't necessarily think Cameron is a revolutionary, I'm not even sure he believes in ANYTHING, but I'm less fed up of him than the other guy.

Is it a third-term curse? It's not like Mrs Thatcher had such a great time after win number 3. Should we follow the US Presidential model and stop complacency and public ennui setting in? But that rankles with my own belief that elections form term limits, we don't need to set a maximum in a democratic system.

Anyway, my bet at this stage is that Cameron and the Conservatives will pull it off. You know, whenever it's time for another election.

4 Comments:

Anonymous JA said...

Is it a third-term curse?
I think that governments in this country, unlike say Japan where one party dominates for decades, have a natural term limit. Labour have historically struggled to achieve more than one term in office while Tories have tended not to last more than two or three Parliaments (I suspect the difference was because in the past the Tories were more concerned with managing the country while Labour was more concerned with running it in accordance with an ideology).
After that they seem to runout of steam or ideas and people begin to forget exactly why it was they booted the last lot out and just see how bad the current lot are.

10:40 am  
Blogger Girl Politico said...

Running out of steam seems apt, so I'll go with that!

1:40 pm  
Blogger Kaite said...

the title of that link implies that a man in woman's clothing is somehow demeaning.... xxx

9:39 am  
Blogger Girl Politico said...

Not as such, no. Just that the two are actually different, and it's a form of passing off.

6:06 pm  

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