Polling over the weekend from a couple of sources seems to indicate that we are moving towards something not seen on British shores since 1974, a hung Parliament. This provides an often disconcerting-to-watch level of stimulation for political junkies, offering as it does the opportunity for near-endless speculation over the coming months (weeks?) as to WHAT IT ALL MIGHT MEAN. Rest assured, to most of the population of the UK, it means slightly less than the now rampant spread-betting on the duration of Jordan’s latest marriage, but that won’t be enough to deter the column writers and talking heads.
So far be it for your correspondent to stay above the fray, she is in fact hoping that a clear victory for the ‘none of the above’ party might lead to a radical rethinking of our political life, along lines not seen since the days of the Chartists. And, as luck would have it, I’m not the only one:
Power2010 is asking people to sign up to its five-point pledge to ‘fix our broken politics’ here.
Democracy Club is also offering an alternative to sniping from the sidelines here.
It might just be time to stop whining about how rubbish everything is, get up and get involved in change. It is up to us to make sure that we get real change, rather than the airbrushed kind promised by politicians.