Wake me up in June – after elec­tion

Macclesfield Express - - BARLOW’S BRIEF -

I LOVE spring. After dark nights and cold mis­er­able weather it’s great to look for­ward to sum­mer err… un­less it’s elec­tion year.

Some Scan­di­na­vian coun­tries ban elec­tion­eer­ing for a whole month be­fore a bal­lot. It’s a great idea and one that would only im­prove by fur­ther ex­tend­ing it to a year.

What do we need to hear? We have seen the es­tab­lished par­ties in ac­tion for a full term (at least). We know how they per­form. Sud­denly ap­pear­ing to share our con­cerns is an in­sult to our in­tel­li­gence.

The ma­jor par­ties have all had am­ple op­por­tu­nity to show their com­pe­tence.

Ar­gu­ing like school kids isn’t go­ing to im­press any­one. We know MPs have de­lib­er­ately de­layed their own in­flated pay in­crease un­til after the elec­tion so it won’t fur­ther erode their cred­i­bil­ity. Just how stupid do they think we are?

Quite frankly the whole process is de­mean­ing.

Cheshire East politi­cians are no bet­ter. If op­po­si­tion par­ties ac­tu­ally think we care about who tweeted what to who they are in cloud cuckoo land.

They should be at­tack­ing the To­ries’ non-ex­is­tent Brown­field First pol­icy if they want to stand any chance of elec­tion, not ar­gu­ing the se­man­tics of town hall trivia.

I’ve seen and heard enough elec­tion­eer­ing to know politi­cians will prom­ise any­thing to se­cure of­fice. After the elec­tion all bets are off. Did Mr Blair care that two mil­lion pro­test­ers marched through London to demon­strate over­whelm­ing pub­lic ob­jec­tion to the Iraq War? He did not.

Did Mr Cameron care that a huge majority of res­i­dents are in­censed at his in­va­sion of the green­belt and the sub­se­quent loss of faith in lo­cal democ­racy? No he did not. Did Nick Clegg al­low his stu­dent tu­ition fee pledge to stand in the way of his per­sonal am­bi­tion? He did not.

We know the score. We don’t need months of bab­bling in­sin­cer­ity.

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