Maybe. Just maybe. If we all vote how we think...
We’d like to see people who agree with Lib Dem policies actually voting Lib Dem for a change.
“If everyone who’d wanted the Lib Dems to be in power actually voted for them, they’d win” – John Cleese
If you believe in Lib Dem policies, vote for them. Don’t be fooled into thinking you have to vote for which ever ‘Labservative’ party is the lesser of two ev
“Calm down. Calm down.” (Actually, no! Don’t!)
A Yougov poll today actually had the Libs in the lead.
Surely this is the single most remarkable political ‘happening’ in more than a generation (SNP’s victory in Scotland excluded). Fundamentally we all need to rethink our politics becuase on this basis the Libs become an electable party and I. for one, will be shifting my allegiance back to where it has always been.
It is a great week for politics.
Let’s see if we have the collective national bottle to vote for the only true centre party and get one over on the faux centrists.
I have consistently voted Liberal for years but have reached the stage where I’ve formed the opinion that my brilliant political insightfulness and wisdom is wasted because 20% is the sum total of the electorate that the party can mobilise.
So blow me? This quote from the BBC website nearly knocked me over.
“A Sun newspaper poll, carried out after the TV debate, suggests Labour are in third place on 28% (down 3%), with the Lib Dems on 30% (up 8%) and the Conservatives 33% (down 4%).”
The Liberals up 8%? EIGHT PERCENT?
If this is the case Nick Clegg’s performance on Thursday night (where all agreed he walked the Prime Minister’s debate) might be the most effective political performance in history.
What this poll suggests is that Nick Clegg has single-handedly turned a duopoly into an oligopoly in one fell swoop.
Immediately, if this is true and is sustained, it moves me back to being a Liberal voter because I can see value in the vote.
Immediately it makes the election the most interesting in a century.
Immediately I am very, very excited about this election.
I do so hope I won’t look back on this and think how naive I was to get excited about one poll. In one paper. And The Sun at that.
But maybe, maybe this could just be a snowball effect beginning to form.
The greatest irony?
This poll, which puts Labour in third place, would see them back in power.
Politics. It’s a weirdo.
Ria, my inquisitive but uninitiated political daughter, spent some time tonight quizzing me on the fundamentals of the upcoming election.
It was very interesting.
I then asked her what she thought.
By a mile Nick Clegg was her party leader of choice and it seems that the ‘Three Leaders’ speech has become a breakthrough moment for the Libs.
But the killer comment was this.
“David Cameron? I wouldn’t trust him with a bag of lettuce”
But I have never seen claptrap like this before.
It’s so confusing that I can’t decide if it’s offensive, extraordinarily egotistical, on-brand, off-brand, motivating, purely confessional.
It is beyond bad.
Yup. It sucks.
The above ad epitomises Malcolm McLaren. He always thought differently. He surprised. He pissed off the Daily Mail. BIG TIME. That has to be a good thing. Did he invent punk? Maybe’s aye, maybe’s no. Did he bully the sex pistols? Maybe’s aye, maybe’s no. Did he style a generation? Oh yes. (And influenced the three that followed.)
Bow Wow Wow had one great song and enraged the world by putting a naked 15 year old on a record cover – in a tribute to Manet and with a title as mad as ‘See jungle, see Jungle. Go join your gang yeah! City all over. Go ape crazy! It had genius written all over it. Shit song though.
Adam and the Ants blew the pop world away. Just listen to the difference between Dirk Wears White Sox and Prince Charming. In a word. Malcolm McLaren. Incredible.
And then, of course, came his own crazy (but lovable and influential again) solo recording career.
I’ll never forget the first time I heard Buffalo Gals. It was alike a whole new genre plucked from thin air.
As Linus Pauling says ‘The best way to have great ideas is to have lots of them. He did.
He truly was one of the crazy ones that changed all of our lives for the better.