The general election is just around the corner, and yet, we have been very much thrown into the deep end. Political pundits say that this will be the longest election in history, so is no surprised that the rhetoric and name calling has already begun, but what is more crucial is that it will be one of the most important elections in living memory. 2010 was a landmark election due to the hung parliament, and the creation of the Lib-Con coalition, however, 2015 is the more important election, because the nation has to decide whether it believes that it has to swallow George Osborne’s medicine.
It is a shame, then, that the election has got off to such a petty start already, with the tit-for-tat game of point scoring being played out between the Conservatives and Labour over the issue of unfunded spending commitments. This shows that these parties haven’t been paying attention to the political mood of the country, no longer are the majority of voters convinced that the choice at an election is simply down to Tories or Labour, the thrust of UKIP’s outsider argument is resonating through the electoral demographics and the more that the ëestablishedí parties bicker amongst themselves, the more likely it is that the public will become less and less enamoured with their messages.
This time around the decision is not how we wish to start, but one of how we wish to continue. The country is still very much healing the wounds inflicted by the banking crash and the spending cuts which were needed, despite their savage nature, so the ideas which the parties will pitch to us will be trying to put distance to the past five years of economic policy, whilst reminding us that Rome wasnít built in a day.
All things considered, it is not surprising, that Nick Clegg has chosen to appeal to those who might wish to see another coalition, in the hope that it might deliver a similarly tempered government, which accepts its limitations and gets over party differences quickly. It certainly tackles the threat which faces the Liberal Democrats from the rise of other minority parties such as UKIP, the SNP and the Greens. It may also prove to be a strategic battle to focus on regaining some of the ‘protest’ votes which the Lib Dems have lost since being in government, rather than battling it out with the Conservatives and Labour. It definitely highlights just how ignorant they are being when they seem to treat these partiesí, whose support is growing all the time, as an inconvenience at best, whilst assuming that their support will return soon enough.
No matter what the papers, radio or broadcasters say, this election is still a very long way off, and politics is possibly one of the most uncertain entities in modern society. To quote Commander Samuel Shore from possibly one of the best childrenís programmes of all time, Stingray: ‘Anything can happen in the next half hour!’