Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Just not getting it

Downfall videos on youtube, some hilarious (the Gordon Brown becoming Guido version) others vicious and to the point (The Draper downfall) some bland, but always interesting and somewhat of a tradition if such a thing could be said of a fairly recent phenomena, they may be cruel, but no-one has really complained as it wouldn't do any good, these things go viral if given publicity. However it seems that certain political candidates don't get it or rather get offended by the fact that they get lampooned by an electorate increasingly disenchanted with politicians. It's also counterproductive to complain and as for involving the police...

Conservative candidate calls police over Hitler video attack
A still from the doctored YouTube clip, featuring the German actor Bruno Ganz as Hitler
John Howell, a candidate for Henley-on-Thames, was one of a number of Oxfordshire Conservatives to be attacked in the doctored four-minute clip, which features an actor playing the German dictator in the film Downfall.
Mr Howell said he was outraged after seeing the clip. It also shows a subtitled scene depicting Hitler as Will Hamilton, a Tory candidate who lost a by-election in Henley, who rants about Tories in the area.
Bad move Mr Howell, you've just invoked Godwins Law and got national publicity for the clip.

Not a great day for the Tories at all really if you believe the MSM as there are still predictions of a hung Parliament.

Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Nick Clegg go into tomorrow’s historic televised debate facing a wall of public antipathy amid a tightening race.
A new Populus poll for The Times reveals deep disenchantment with the campaign so far and high levels of scepticism about manifesto pledges and the parties’ honesty.
More voters are now hoping for a hung Parliament than either a Tory or a Labour outright victory.
Conservative support has slipped by three points over the past week to 36 per cent, while Labour is a point up at 33 per cent. The Liberal Democrats are unchanged on 21 per cent. The Tories remain well short of the 40 per cent level where they might hope for an overall majority, although Tory strategists will hope for a boost from yesterday’s manifesto launch.

Tories will be hoping for a boost from their manifesto, but the public are fairly aware that "Manifesto promises are not subject to legitimate expectations" Gordon Brown saw to that. Also there is some disenchantment with Cast Iron Dave over broken promises in the past too. In other words the day of the honest politician is over for a while in the eyes of the public, we see them as liars, thieves, rogues, uninterested in what we want, more interested in feathering their own nests at our expense.
So a lot of people wont vote, a lot of people who will have decided to tie the system up for a year or two, in the hope we can make them listen to us for a change.
I doubt they will though, but it will give the smaller parties time to grow and give the economy time to destroy the main political parties as the methods they'll have to use will make them very unpopular indeed.
Hard times ahead, but hopefully we'll end up with an honest parliament at the end of it.

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Antisthenes said...

If I was Cameron I would not want to be in government for the next year or two. Who ever is in government the times ahead are going to be grim. The Conservatives may not exacerbate the situation but will be deemed responsible anyway as things inevitably spiral downwards. Labour will make a terrible situation worse but at least they be held responsible and will be forced out of office on a tide of anger.

Quiet_Man said...

I sometimes do wonder if you're right in that assumption Antisthenes, but then I think that Cameron is a politician and power is his aim, still I suppose it could all simply be a matter of timing.

Macheath said...

I found myself thinking the same thing back in Februaury, Antisthenes.

Within a few days, we had Nicholas Winterton on the joys of first class travel, Heseltine lumbering out of hibernation to foretell gloom and doom and Portillo claiming "The Conservatives are failing the grit test".

It did make me wonder whether we were watching not so much an election campaign as a slow bicycle race.

James Higham said...

Hard times ahead, but hopefully we'll end up with an honest parliament at the end of it.

Really, QM?

Quiet_Man said...

I'm an optimist James, despite all the disappointments UK politicians have thrown my way.

Anonymous said...

hung parliament? I'D HANG ALL OF THEM!