06 April 2011

Those elections

It can't be that bad, can it?

Even Iain McWhirter says it is (here):
It's being called the "me too" election. Everyone is being accused of stealing everyone else's policies in the campaign for the Scottish parliament election on 5 May.
With the parties pinching each others' manifestos, you wonder what will there be left to talk about for the next four weeks until polling day.
I'm sure they'll find something to say?

Oh yeah. But it will be a beauty contest, where the personalities of the party leaders assume the front and centre ...

So they won't be telling us where the public spending axe will fall?

If you believe them, none of them proposes to make cuts (except possibly Bella who appears to be adopting a masochism strategy). All is for the best in this best of all possible worlds. (Voltaire? Who he?)

So who's gonna win?

Remember, the system is specifically designed to prevent the emergence of a clear winner. But, at present, Labour and the SNP are running more or less neck and neck. And it doesn't really matter, cos whichever wins you won't be able to tell the difference ...

Do say: The impact of the voting for constituency MSPs will be mitigated by those elected on the regional lists, thus enhancing the drive to the centre ground.

Don't say: If you stand in the middle of the road, you are liable to get run over.

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