Politics. What do you think when you hear that word? Boring, right? Well you’d be wrong. Recently, there has been so much drama in the world of British politics that even Jeremy Kyle would be proud!
It all began with the expenses scandal when the public discovered they were paying for everything from duck ponds to dirty movies. Following this Labour were booted out of government only to be replaced by Tweedledee and Tweedledum aka David Cameron and Nick Clegg. Quite frankly we still can’t establish who wears the trousers in that relationship! Then William Hague’s ‘special’ advisor resigned following some disturbing rumours about his relationship with oor Willie. To top it all of we have the ongoing contest for the Labour leadership which is about as interesting as watching paint dry considering the only candidate with any balls is a woman who is, if we are being totally honest a bit of a nut job. Even Ed Balls doesn’t have any! So, all in all, it’s no surprise there is only a barely functioning relationship between politicians and the British public. Bad romance indeed.
This makes for a very difficult situation considering the current climate. Based on the fact that we are in the middle of the biggest economic recession since the 1930’s, it’s the responsibility of the government to get us out of it so surely we have no option but to trust our politicians?
But – and it’s a big “but” – can we trust them? Thatcher’s Conservatives caused economic and social devastation in Scotland. NuLabour lost the plot as well as the General Election. Now we have the Trust Fund Twins Dave and Nick lecturing all of us on the need for tightening our belts and suffering the pain of cuts, cuts, and more cuts. Somehow I don’t think either of them will be short of a few bob during the predicted difficult times ahead.
Early days yet, so the jury still has to be out on the Con-Dems working well as a political partnership. Colour me cynical, but I suspect that events will show they’re caught in a bad romance.