Wednesday, 6 February 2013

The New Game Sweeping The Nation: Redux

After tearing into the Tories last night for failing to manage higher than a 48.3% level of support for gay marriage, it occurred to me that given my volunteer work for and donations to the Liberal Democrats, I shouldn't hide from the fact that they haven't come out of this squeaky clean either.  Yes, the goldbirds came out top of the three major parties in percentage terms, managing 91.7% support to Labour's 90.4%, there were still four hold outs.

So far, the ratio is two cowards ("This will affect the family structure in vague and unidentifiable ways!") to one c**t ("Civil partnerships should be enough because this straight guy says so!"), with the remaining reasoning falling into the "can't seem to find one on Google" category.

So, you know, damn fine work, Liberal Democrats!  A new day of political dominance is surely just around the corner, now that you can roll out a killer new slogan: "Left to our own devices, only one twelfth of us are ghastly reactionary bellends!"

It's no "New Labour, New Danger", maybe, and it'll only work if David Ward keeps his mouth shut from now on, but it's not like anything else is going to work either. Once you've rendered one's party utterly radioactive at the worst possible time, you may as well have some fun whilst the racists run past your poll numbers, waving at you cheerfully.


Tomsk said...

Would it not be a bit worrying if they voted 100% one way in any free vote? Would give the impression (warranted or not) that they are either secretly whipping it or suffering from groupthink.

SpaceSquid said...

I'm not convinced of that (which is to say, you're probably right about the negative side, I'm just not sure I'd say it's an important consideration in this case), but even if so, it's still the case that those that did vote against offered piss-poor/offensive reasons for doing so, and they deserve to be lambasted for it.

Unless you're wondering if someone was specifically told to vote against in order to avoid such impressions. Since that would involve being told to put party ahead of principle in order to avoid looking like one was putting party ahead of principle, I applaud the suggestion on ironic grounds, if nothing else.

Tomsk said...

No, although I like the idea.

Speaking of LDs, should be interesting to see how they do in Eastleigh. It'll be the first proper indication of how resilient their incumbent seats will be at the general election.