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Waiting, Interminably Waiting

Posted by The Futility Monster on June 23, 2009 @ 21:42

Wish it was just three minutes till the election...

Wish it was just three minutes till the election...

Now that the Speakership election is over, the world of politics once again turns to thoughts of where our next election is going to come from. Because, as political anoraks the world over know – you can’t beat a good election.

There’s nothing quite like the prospect of staying up late at night to see whether, this time, we really might get a hung Parliament. OK, there aren’t many of us who think like that. Only us Lib Dems. One day, our fantasies will come true, and our time will come!

Until then, the rest of the nation is bored of waiting. Because, frankly, it’s been far too long since the last election. Four years, I feel, is the absolute limit. By then the government’s mandate is exceptionally stale. The manifesto has long since been pulped and forgotten. But, by hook or by crook, in November this year, Gordon Brown will once again give us another Queen’s Speech filled with more useless ideas for legislation, barely any of which will have any resemblance to what the voters approved way, way back in 2005.

With the rise of the Internet, and the instant reactions expected by an electorate used to phone-in votes, text polls, Twitter, blogging, 24 hour news, continual status updates, a world where you can reach your family friends at any time at almost no cost in time or effort… it just will not do that our politics is far detached from our the modern reality.

The expenses scandal, and the public’s reaction to it, has proved once and for all that our political class is frighteningly behind the times. Parmjit Dhanda alluded to this in his excellent speech yesterday. Does the House “get it”? Can we not find more direct ways of voting to change the agenda (by choosing a debate topic, for example) that will empower citizens inbetween the blunt instrument of an X in a box every four years if we’re lucky, and every five years if we’re not?

It seems, instead, we just have to sit tight. We all know this government has run its course. It’s like a dodgy kebab mixed with a bad pint. You know it was a mistake. You know there’s nothing you can do about it now.

You’ve just gotta take the punishment and wait for the whole damn thing to get out your system.

The country is currently waiting for Gordon Brown to decide he’s finished. If he doesn’t do so soon, then by June 2010, then we get to exercise the only right available to us in the Septennial Act (as amended by the Parliament Act 1911).

We get to bust the door down.

Only then can we get on with the business of wiping not only his arse, but the excrement off the walls.

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2 Responses to “Waiting, Interminably Waiting”

  1. Martin Day said

    LD are a good party in theory but are let down by two horse bar graph and all that rubbish.

    “One day, our fantasies will come true, and our time will come!”

    Would you be able to take the negative stuff thrust at you? I think not!

  2. I never thought I’d see the day where you’d say that the LDs are a good party, even if only in theory, Martin. Neil Kinnock = Nick Clegg, etc, etc 🙂

    But seriously, I don’t really know. There are many LDs who are not really interested in doing a good job of governing. They are the reason why we end up losing so many councils. Spend all their lives trying to get power and then wasting it.

    I don’t think the national party is of the same mould though. The new generation are not only desperate for power but have a very good idea of what they’d like to do with it. See the Orange Book, for example.

    Interesting debate though.

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