The Futility Monster

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This Is Not Good, Cameron

Posted by The Futility Monster on January 22, 2010 @ 23:37

Indeed, Callmedave

After another remarkably exciting day involving much work, the old political blogging has had to take a back seat.

But I can’t let my Monday to Saturday 100% record slip again! So it’s gonna be another quick one, I’m afraid. But maybe that’s good! Short, sharp, pithy. Proper blogger! Something I can’t do very well. Anyway, here goes.

Oi, Cameron… naaaaaaaahh!

I admit it. Cameron intrigues me. I think a Tory government will be a disaster for this country, but at the same time, I have a very morbid curiosity about exactly what David Cameron as PM will be.

But today’s stunt, trying to make political capital out of a truly grotesque case is utterly wrong.

It’s OK for politicians to attack a government’s culture if they have lots of examples of failures. Continuous, systematic.

Fair enough, there have been a few over the past decade that have caught the public imagination. There is a case to be made that there is a lot of incompetence in social services departments across the country. But there problem there is of a failure of leadership, of management, and co-ordination.

That isn’t the same as saying these cases as a whole are showing that we are undergoing some sort of “social recession”. It feeds into a relentless cycle of negativity, something we have more than enough of in this country. Declinism is a very popular electoral strategy amongst all parties across the world now, but is it actually just an effective strategy for turning people off the ballot box?

But the real cynical motive at the heart of this is what’s really depressing. The fact of the matter is that we are so shocked by this case because it is so mercifully rare. And yet nasty incidents occur all the time, under governments of all hues, and Cameron’s will be no exception.

He is on very dangerous ground, and if he ploughs this furrow too much, he’ll end up getting it back in spades by continuing this trend of allowing politics to truly plumb the depths of craven emotional manipulation.

Sort it out.

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