Things can only get similar

Once again I seem to have failed to write anything for a few weeks, and once again I seem to be apologising for it. So sorry, once again, for my lack of posts. To make up for it I will write 9 posts a day, every day, for the next eight thousand years. Honest.

Anyway, the main reason for posting or not is whether or not I have something to say. And quite frankly right now there is plenty to be said about world events (and more to the point, the new series of Heroes has started - more on that later…).

The big issue at present is of course the slow and delicate collapse of capitalism. Or so the media would have us believe. I am not going to write lots about this as I definitely know less than many people about this subject and don’t want to waste your time…

Actually, I tried to write something but ended up with 8 of the most banal, obvious, and embarrassing simplistic paragraphs you’ve ever read, and I had to delete them before I vomited in self loathing. Read this article and you will get an idea of what I entirely failed to even approach in saying. I even tried to write a mocking paragraph about how rubbish they were and it was almost as bad. Let us not speak of this again children.

Instead… I’ll talk about the American election! Hey, no one else has said or written anything on this! I’m sure I’ll come up with plenty of original and witty comments. Honet.

The point has been raised a number of times over the past 8 years that once Mr Bush is no longer the Big Man, the political satirists are going to have a much tougher time. Now, I’ll lay my fairly obvious cards on the table and say that I do want Obama to win, but if he does The Daily Show won’t be nearly as good for the next 4 years. Or will it…

Remember back, if you will, to 1 May 1997. The sun seemed to be just that little bit brighter than it had been for the past 18 years, and most people thought it was shining out of the arse of a certain Mr Tony Blair. Please try and remember this without cynicism - we all* thought that this really was going to be a great thing, a new Britain, possibly even a New Britain. Things could only get Better, etc etc.

Let’s also remember that since then we’ve gained a minimum wage, devolution in Scotland and Wales, er… ASBOs? Um… they repealed the law that meant you could be hanged for treason or piracy. Er, I’m sure there were a few other good things that I was going to mention but I can’t remember what they are now. The Olympics? Please use the comment box below to help me out…

But my point is that if Obama gets the comfy seat in the Oval Office it won’t herald a new dawn of common sense and fairness, greater freedoms and equalities, less wars and terror, a world where all of mankind work together towards a glorious future, of countrymen lending others their ears… you get the point. I just don’t think it will make a huge difference, that’s all I’m saying. That’s the problem with democracy - we spend all this time choosing who to put in charge and then we just complain when they get it wrong. But as someone clever sort (Churchill no doubt) once said, Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all those other forms that have been tried.

Anyway, at least things can’t get any worse. Unless we end up with a certain President Palin.

(* apart from the 3 people in Surrey who actually voted Tory that year)

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3 Responses to “Things can only get similar”

  1. Andrew Says:

    I think your question is a bit “What have the Romans ever done for us?”. Firstly, at least from America, we’ve been very envious of the UK having someone reasonably coherent in charge. Secondly, relatively decent environmental laws. Thirdly, way better equal rights for gays and lesbians - marriage and adoption laws. Those are pretty amazing changes in the culture and shouldn’t be ignored.

    However I think that as with any party who has power for a long time, the people in charge and those around them start to get stale and pretty much corrupt. But it’s important to note that the people in charge do make a difference - I just hope and assume that you’re not saying that it’s not important for voters to participate, right?

  2. Heather Says:

    If you look at the devolved administrations in the UK, some very progressive laws have been passed since the ‘new dawn’ of 1997 (which enabled devolution to happen in the first place) such as the public smoking ban (where we go, England follows), the repeal of university tuition fees, free personal care for the elderly, free bus travel for the over-60s (which still makes my mum whoop in delight) and a decrease in prescription charges with phasing out as the eventual goal. And then there’s the stooshie over the replacement of council tax with a local income tax.

    Maybe all I’m saying is that a change of government can be a very big deal if you live in a small country. Perhaps the bigger the administrative area, the more money and spin is involved, the bigger the corporate interests and lobby groups and the more likely that whoever is in charge will be corrupted just to cling on to power, whatever their worthy aspirations were when they took the reins.

  3. The Bob Says:

    You’ve both (im)proved my point entirely, thanks! I really wasn’t being sarcastic for once when I was saying that New Labour had done some rather great things since coming in. And Heather makes lots of good points about what the Scottish Parliament has done for us (which cover both the current and previous administrations).

    I am probably saying the opposite Andrew - I think people should participate more, so it isn’t just a popularity contest. But ultimately I have no idea what I’m saying. I think that’s pretty clear from most of my posts…

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