Britain almost ceased to be six months ago. Both its main political parties are now proposing spending cuts so severe they threaten to fundamentally change what we think of as the state.
These seem big, even existential issues for a country to face. And yet the election campaign is composed of tiny, soap opera-like tittle-tattle. Yesterday’s inane Tory poster, showing Ed Miliband in the pocket of Alex Salmond, typified it. Conservatives believe they’ve found a red line and are trying to push Miliband over it by making everything about a possible SNP pact.
Labour believes it has found a red line over David Cameron’s refusal to do the TV debates and has spent the last week publicising it as much as possible. Where coverage is not about these twin issues, it is designed to seduce the core vote: on economic issues for the Tories, on the NHS for Labour.
This is a big, historic moment in British history, but future students will not be much bothered by the reaction of MPs or political parties.Read More »from The British public deserves a better election than this