Thursday, 14 May 2009
Peter Wilby in the new statesman gives us this hostage to fortune
Don’t just think of the government; ask yourself what kind of people you want on the majority benches of the House of Commons. Surely it is better to have MPs whose instincts are to favour public services, the poor (both here and abroad) and a broadly liberal approach to social issues, no matter how often ministers fall short of the ideal. At least you will have MPs who understand and sometimes listen to your concerns.
Yes I do think of how shamefully labour backbenches have completely shafted their core vote in the name of power when I contemplate who to vote for. Or indeed not vote for and why I want this government of sponging sycophantic illiberal poseurs gone, ground to dust, the ground salted and expunged from the universe of light even if we have to put up with a short-lived chinless neo-thatcherite revival, without North sea oil and 150 years of capital to make it appear as if the theory works.