Tories continue Labour’s obsession with gimmicks

Ahead of the General Election, the Labour Party demonstrated its fetish for celebrity and gimmickry hoping the popularity of entertainers and the famous would rub off and translate into electoral support.  Now the Conservatives are continuing the sad spectacle as ‘Call me Dave’ Cameron takes time out to ‘get down with the street’ by cosying up with the enemy of privacy, Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook.

The excuse used for this hobnobbing is that, as ‘Call me Dave’ explained, the Cleggerons plan to use the Facebook social network to ask British citizens for ideas on spending cuts.  The Telegraph goes on to explain that:

The site, which has 26 million UK users, will invite people to submit their ideas for where public money might be saved via a “Spending Challenge Channel” on its Democracy UK page. There will also be microsites specially tailored to focus on key issues open for discussion and debate among the voting public.

What is the point?  Reasonable ideas such as not sending money to the EU so it can be sent back to us minus the massive administration costs, not sending money to countries like India and China which both devote multi million pound sums to their national space programmes, not sending our money to fund the training of overseas trade union activists, not using taxpayers’ money to subsidise wind turbine proliferation that drives up electricity prices and increases the risk of rota disconnections, and so on, will be ignored. 

If it is beyond the wit of Ministers to identify what spending in their departments is not essential and can therefore be reduced or cut without affecting the delivery of necessary front line services, then they have no business being in office.

This is just another attempt to give people the illusion of being able to influence the political class, using gimmicks to distract people from serious scrutiny of the Government and its performance.  It is bad enough that the public is denied a genuine stake in driving policy, it is even worse that we are treated like children by a bunch of paternalist control freaks who think they know best what’s good for us.

1 Response to “Tories continue Labour’s obsession with gimmicks”

  1. 1 Rereke Whakaaro 10/07/2010 at 11:35 am

    I suggest that the latest tranche of politicians were probably exposed to the film, “The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer” during their formative years.

    In this film, Michael Rimmer becomes Prime Minster by nefarious means, and then proposes that all future government decisions will be made by “instant referendum” using the power of television and a “voting console” attached to a telephone line (read, via the internet in today’s parlance).

    Television programmes were interrupted each time a vote was required for every bit of government minutia to the point where the population were on the verge of revolting.

    At this point, Prime Minister Rimmer appeared on the television, apologised for the failed experiment, and suggested that only one more vote was required – to make him solely responsible for running the country as he saw fit, in perpetuity.

    Be afraid, be very afraid.

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