Politics May Have Just Got Interesting
In my circle of friends I am regarded as the most politically astute mainly because I take an interest all the time where they are attracted by key issues relevant to them. Try keeping my biker buddies quiet about the idea of road pricing for example.
Politics on a general level has been boring for most of our adult lives (being twenty-somethings or early thirty-somethings) due to the fact that it has been all Labour with no competition for over a decade.
Now the Labour Party is resorting to cannibalism in order to create an artificial image of strength for Gordon Brown (and failing) other parties are getting a look in. Slowly, the country is having to start to think that there has to be another way for the country to be run.
What makes this whole issue especially bizarre is that this most recent mess regarding donations and political campaign funding has only been able to cause the damage it has because of rules that the current administration introduced in 2000. With the impact of Cash for Peerages not yet faded from memory it is extraordinary that top-job holding ministers and aides have allowed this scandal to break because of their inability to follow their own rules properly.
The only sad thing is that the Lib Dems have so many problems of their own that they are failing to provide the 3rd alternative that we so desperately need from them. Vincent Cable is doing a fantastic job as acting leader and it is a great shame he isn't in the frame to take the role permanently. The two choices are interchangeable and neither look to be any more earth shattering than Cameron is proving to be for the Tories.
I wish that the situation was that politics has got interesting because everyone is performing so well. If has to be that their is a competition because each is as bad as the other then so be it. If it gives the public a means and reason to rethink the current state of affairs then I'm sure some good can be had from it.