The Politics of Fear

In 2010, when he felt that his electoral chances were being threatened by a party of protest, David Cameron claimed that a vote for Nick Clegg and the LibDems would let Labour in. We ended up with a Conservative/LibDem coalition government. Now Cameron is claiming that a vote for Nigel Farage and the Ukippers will let Labour in. No prizes for guessing where this is heading.

I can still remember a time when politicians would campaign on the strength of their own policies, not just by conjuring threats to the electorate…

Of course, the need for tactical voting could have been avoided altogether if only the option of genuine proportional representation had been offered at the sham referendum of 2011; alas, it seems the UK has now firmly established a pattern of referenda in which the preferred choices are not being offered – some might consider that to be a deliberate and shameful abuse of the very spirit of a decent modern democracy.

About Fles

Early middle-aged (oh yes I am!), no longer long-haired but still speccy and decidedly still an increasingly opinionated git. I’m basically a believer in individualism, that everybody has their own perspective and inner-beauty. I try to find humour in every situation. I enjoy reading and writing poetry.
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