Cartoon from the ever-excellent xkcd
Ok, so I know I should know better than to bite. I know I should just move on. I am trying to, honest. There I was, innocently reading an eminently sensible and thought-provoking post by David Osler about how to today’s youth it is Labour who are the evil ones and the Tories who are to play at being the saviours, while to anyone who grew up slightly ahead of this generation, it will forever be the other way around. Perhaps this is just the way the pendulum swings, I thought. You grow up under one set of bastards, vowing never to vote for them as soon as you have the power. Then the other lot gets in, they screw it up so badly that the next bunch of kids makes a similar vow and the cycle is repeated forever and ever and ever and ever and ever.
And then I got to the comments.
‘ZanuLiebour are like Nazis!’ ‘The Tories will put poor people in camps!’
‘You want to privatise the NHS!’ ‘Your lot already have!’
And I want to say, grow the fuck up. I want to point out that people are being left behind, whole lives chucked on the scrapheap, just like the 80s, while a bunch of professional idiots scrap over who gets to play with the levers of power and their respective gangs of cheerleaders yelp encouragment across the ‘blogosphere’. I want to, but it is impossible to get a word in edgeways.
Meanwhile, the news gets more ridiculous by the day: Alistair Campbell is tipped for a return; the Tories will sell the BBC when they get in; Gordon’s on the happy pills; Mandelson would work for a Conservative government if they tickled his chin when they asked. As if any rational human being outside of SW1 gives a flying one for any of it, they would rather just be left alone to try to clear their credit card debts before they lose their jobs.
And I don’t know if it is better to add to the chatter, or instead to ignore it all in the hope that it will go away and focus instead on nice things, like this:
(found via It’s Nice That, again)
So I can’t decide. You tell me, in the comments below. Just remember to play nice because, I promise, the first mention of Liebour and you’re banned…