So the general elections are rolling around soon in the UK and it is exciting times for the Green Party. They are growing at an unprecedented rate and are now the 3rd largest party in the country based on membership numbers. The rise has been meteoric and shows the problem with unprepared parties who are thrust into the limelight. When you are the underdog you don’t need to have a cohesive and coherent message because you are in no danger of forming a government. Launched into relevancy as they are now it seems that they lack a concise area to focus on when preparing a message. It is a shame because they would be a welcome liberal addition to British politics, especially since Tony Blair led the Labour party in a wild swerve to the right in homage to his erstwhile hero Bill Clinton. I say erstwhile because he was clearly enamoured with the Bush Cheney axis of questionable morals by the time he left.
The UK is lacking a real left wing and I hope the Green’s can step bravely into that breach, they are a welcome counter to the erratic and unstable UKIP party. UKIP are riding a wave of popularity thanks to their snappy soundbites and playing the fear card much like the far right of the Republican wing in America. The problem they have is finding viable candidates who can keep their genuine views under wraps long enough to gain momentum. It seems like they take one step forward before drunkenly stumbling backwards yelling racial epithets. They do manage to appeal to a lot of the more fringe voters in the Conservative party but the other side of that coin is that the make the Tories appear to be positively reasonable in comparison. Cameron can afford to move further to the right and still appear to have centrist appeal in comparison to the beer swilling Farage.
I would love to come up with something interesting to say about the Liberal Democrats, especially seeing as I voted for them in the last election. But I was clearly caught up in the excitement of the TV debates and foolishly thought that they would be able to exert any kind of influence. Instead they acted as a patsy for the Conservatives and allowed them to place the blame for many things squarely on their shoulders. Never before has a party had such a terrible turnaround and it is difficult to see anyway back at this election. A strange case of a party much better served by a poor showing, who can crawl away to lick their wounds and come back with a more focused plan of what the party stands for and where they plan on going.
Finally I come to Labour and the almost unelectable Ed Milliband. A man who even takes stick for indulging in that most British of traditions of a bacon sandwich and a cup of tea. It really says something about the disdain in which Cameron is held that the least inspiring Miliband brother is neck and neck in the polls as we speak. The UK is more naturally a slightly left leaning country, as is most of Europe with the firm approval of a welfare state and national health service. For some reason Cameron seems to fear the debates, but that is probably just stalling on the part of the PR team to make him appear somewhat more inept to lower expectations. Miliband is not a bad public speaker and I see nothing more than a dull no score draw coming from these debates between the big 2. The entertainment will lie in the smaller parties all vying for attention, I for one love the debates and the attention it garners from the masses. Normally people are not willing to discuss politics and will glaze over with remarkable speed when you try to broach the subject. This at least seems to inspire people into an opinion. Sadly that seems to be about the best we can hope for nowadays, an opinion from people. Even if it is not based in anything approaching knowledge.