The Futility Monster

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This Is It

Posted by The Futility Monster on May 6, 2010 @ 13:14

I certainly won't be keeping Young

Years and years of waiting have finally come to an end.

Big elections, like this one, don’t come round often enough for political animals like me. Who cares about mere trifles like the local council results in the Vale of White Horse? They are as insignificant as Channel 4’s attempt to make the election funny tonight will be.

But this one seems to have taken particularly long. Maybe it was the rather absurd situation of a change in Prime Minister without the trouble of finding out what the voters wanted. Or maybe it was the fact that Labour have been electorally and politically dead for years now, which has made this wait seem to drag so much.

It’s the longest between elections, too, in my short memory. OK, I can remember 1992 and 1997, but my concept of time back then was so fuzzy that all the days just zoomed by. It really does feel like five years since the last election this time. Way too long, in my not so humble opinion. Time to reduce the limit to four years, like most other sensible democracies.

But in any case, this is it.

I completed my civic duty this morning, a futile attempt to elect a Liberal Democrat in a rock solid Tory seat. But just this time, just this once, it’s actually worth voting Liberal Democrat anyway for the simple reason that if the unthinkable can happen, and the Lib Dems finish higher than Labour in the popular vote, it will – hopefully – sound the death knell for a party that has let this country down so badly.

Of course, I may soon be eating those words, in the event a miracle in the shape of a hung parliament. My party may have to work with Labour to produce a rather interesting period in which we may finally see a large number of policies that could reshape Britain.

But I don’t think so. I think, in the final analysis, too many people will get to mark their ballot paper and will decide that they’ve had enough fun toying with the politicians, and give David Cameron his majority after all. It’s just one little cross. What harm can it do?

A lot.

I’ve never been more nervous about a British election than this one. Maybe it’s because there’s just a slim hope that my “team” are going to make some progress for a change.

Or maybe it’s because I know this truly is the defining moment for this country. Are we going into this decade with a new wave of Conservative economic dogma being applied to every aspect of society? Or are we heading for an uncertain period that will nevertheless bring a great deal of reform that can transform the way the British political settlement operates?

The latter is more difficult.

But it’ll be worth it.

Vote today.

Just make sure you vote.

If you don’t, you lose the right to complain about what lies ahead.

And never again will the decision be this important.

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One Response to “This Is It”

  1. Peter Reynolds said

    I’m sure it must be a criminal offence to photograph a ballot paper before it’s counted. You scoundrel! Lock him up and throw away the key!

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