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10th-Sep-2008 10:38 am
I do feel obliged to quote cheezdanishBitzy from a few days ago:
Well, McCain did it. He got everybody in the media to stop talking about Barack. Instead, it's all a righteous flurry against his VP pick. Where's the coverage about Obama and Biden, huh? Pretty darn silent all of a sudden, wouldn't you say?

McCain knew exactly what he was doing, people. And now, by constantly discussing how hateful she is, all over, you are doing exactly what he wants you to do.

I'm not talking about it anymore, and ignoring posts that do discuss it. I'm focusing on the things that matter to me, not whether or not she's hidden pregnancies or dropped racial slurs or misused eBay.

Ignore her and she will go away. S'all I'm saying. Turn your back on this crap, guys, and remember what this election is really all about. Don't let them distract you with dirty circus politics. (Although now I'm picturing McCain as Billy Flynn and Palin as Roxie Hart singing "Razzle Dazzle" and it's amusing as fuck at this time of the morning.)
Mostly because it's always worth considering ignoring the ignorant hatemongers in the world, focusing instead on how brilliant their counterparts are.

I can't say I'm following this advice. Not because I think there is merit to highlighting inconsistencies and problems in one side's politics, but also because I'm a terrible terrible person. And I'm not a US citizen.

British politics is boring. No matter what matgbMat Bowles says, it is. The nearest thing we have to a Creationist "feminism doesn't mean what you think it means" "white-rich-women have everything" "motherhood is a professional qualification, no rly" mockable figure is Cherie Blair, and she's not nearly as fun. Maybe we should encourage Kate Middleton to go into politics. She could legalise foxhunting with military helicopters, it'd be awesome.

If McCain actually gets elected, it won't be funny any more, but then I'll have four years to cower in fear and xenophobia.Right now, I'm going to carry on relishing the chance to point and mock and hate over the next few weeks, milk it for all its worth.

Sorry, USians.
10th-Sep-2008 09:41 am (UTC)
British politics is boring. No matter what Mat Bowles says, it is

I think this all the time in my head- including the Mat part. :D
10th-Sep-2008 09:49 am (UTC)
(P.S. I'm laughing at Lee, too. I'm just experimenting with a 'don't feed the troll' strategy.)
10th-Sep-2008 09:51 am (UTC)
That's why I didn't put his name after the quote- but it looks like he got the message-more whiny contradictory BS. Boy, does he look stupid right now though.

not that he didn't before
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10th-Sep-2008 10:07 am (UTC)
10th-Sep-2008 11:55 am (UTC)
Y'know what? That it's mostly fairly boring is a Good Thing. It means that, compared to most other countries, we have politicians that are fairly honest[1], don't fuck alter boys[2], rarely commit fraud[3] and elections are quick and effective[4].

That there are a small number of countries[5] with politics even more boring is a sign that we're not perfect yet.

Even Canada has more interesting politics than us (just), and that's mostly due to linguistic oddities.

Elections, and thus politics, fascinate me because it's how my maths geekery expresses itself, watching voter behaviour is all about the numbers.

[1] Apart from the whole '45 minutes' dodgy dossier thing that we went to war on and killed several million because of.

[2] Coprophilia is a consensual activity, mostly.

[3] Biggest scandal recently has been for a small number of employees to not actually be doing their job, total amount=peanuts. Still wrong, but nowt compared to, say, Italy.

[4] Even if they're determined by the votes of a very small number of people in certain key areas of the country and the rest of us might as well not bother: you don't need to vote in the next General Election, unless you move, neither does Debi. Jennie and I do, our votes'll make a massive difference, first time in my life my vote'll have actually mattered nationally.

[5] Ireland, Germany, Malta (mostly), Sweden, Finland, Denmark. The Netherlands got themselves a gay fascist who got assasinated fairly recently, the Belgians are still trying to work out if Belgium is worth keeping, Luxembourg is a town so small it doesn't count, the Swiss are weird.
10th-Sep-2008 09:47 am (UTC)
Yup, we need more colourful figures in British politics. It's all become very boring.

A bit like Wimbledon. We need some John McEnroes and Ilia Nastases to spice things up a bit.

Edited at 2008-09-10 09:48 (UTC)
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10th-Sep-2008 10:24 am (UTC)
I want more sex and violence! I want brawls in the House of Commons like we see sometimes in Taiwan.

I had high hopes for John Prescott* after he whacked that eejit who chucked an egg at him, but he really hasn't lived up to his potential.

*I hasten to add that I only had high hopes for Prescott in the violence category. The thought of him having sex is enough to make me celibate for life! 0_0

Edited at 2008-09-10 10:25 (UTC)
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10th-Sep-2008 06:20 pm (UTC)
Don't you still have the Monster Raving Looney Party as one of the many really tiny parties over there?
10th-Sep-2008 11:26 am (UTC)
feminism doesn't mean what you think it means

You mean it's not piggybacking off the accomplishments and travails of women in the other party (specifically, the two who ran for Vice President and President) while ignoring the accomplishments of women in your own party and expecting these accomplished women to just sit back and take it while someone less experienced than they are is in consideration for being a heartbeat away from the Presidency?
10th-Sep-2008 11:30 am (UTC)
where have you been?
10th-Sep-2008 01:33 pm (UTC)
Honestly, I find British politics, even contemporary British politics, infinitely more interesting than American politics. I suppose my opinions are a bit biased, since I'm a political historian type, but some of the weird crazy shit that's gone down in the UK in the past few decades...I don't even mean the silly sex scandals, but the full-on LJ-worthy drama. Geoffrey Howe's resignation speech! Harold Wilson's somewhat justified paranoia! The insane in-fighting in the Labour Party at just about any point from 1951 to 1992! Michael Heseltine's hair! Really, US politics is dull by comparison.
10th-Sep-2008 02:22 pm (UTC)
Hee, it's always such a shock to me to see my words on somebody else's LJ. Even if you're disagreeing with 'em. ;)

(PS, I suppose I should clarify slightly: I don't mean ignore her like you'd ignore the boogeyman under your bed, but rather ignore the people trying to manipulate the situation for a ratings boost.)
22nd-Sep-2008 11:07 pm (UTC) - As an USian...
I think I'd take boring over what's been going on as of last week on Wall Street and all the shit connected to it plus the chance of McPain getting into the White House.

Mommy, I'd like to get off the roller coaster nao... -_-;;;
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