Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Boring is a strategy too [updated]

Is there anyone truly excited about this election? Commentators are bored by it. Bloggers are bored by it. The half-a-million (and growing) non-registered to vote are clearly bored by it. Even politicians making deal-or-no-deal seem bored by it.

There is one fat German who’s not bored by it, but he’s produced far less of real interest than those bored by it all might have hoped.

There is an election campaign currently underway, not that you’d know it.  Correct me if I’m wrong, but the big issues this week  appear to be which deals are being made where, or not; what a minister said to a quango; what the polls are telling politicians; and (who would have guessed it) fears of low voter turnout.


Turns out it’s not just me that’s bored out of my mind by the election campaign.  But boring is a strategy too. If people are bored, they’re not disgruntled, and only the disgruntled show up in large enough numbers to throw out a government.

Boring is a strategy too, one presently working like all hell for the incumbents. Incumbents who are barely being challenged by anything of any substance.

Mind you, it makes even small things stand out. Like moas. And scarfs. And apologies, or lack thereof. And any other road bumps between now and when a large majority decide to stay home from from the polls.

That could make things interesting, if you like that sort of thing.

But in the meantime, here’s the Manics:

UPDATE: Where I see boredom, Bob Jones sees material for “a wonderful comic operetta.” With the minor parties, anyway,

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