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What voters really want
is a proper choice

Telegraph [UK], by Janet Daley

Original Article

Posted By:Attercliffe, 3/3/2013 6:53:26 AM

Nigel Farage hit the nail on the head with his quip about three social democratic parties.[Snip] In Eastleigh, the electorate swung, with considerable enthusiasm, behind Ukip, a party which they know will never form a government and which has vilified all the plausible governing parties. It is customary to describe this sort of event as a “protest”--or, in the more dismissive formulation of the moment, “just a protest”, as if it were some kind of ritualised tantrum by a benighted public whose occasional fits of political immaturity had to be indulged. Don’t worry--David Cameron actually said this in almost as

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Daley compares the British political situation with its US counterpart and notes the similarity between today´s left-right divisions as being akin to what happened in the UK between Thatcher and Michael Foot. There´s good analysis and advice in Daly´s article and it´s well worth a read.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Chuzzles, 3/3/2013 9:16:35 AM     (No. 9205667)

Remember when Peter Jennings called one election a ´tantrum´ by the voters? He did not mean that in a good way since it was a Republican sweep nationwide.



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Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/7/2013 9:26:25 PM     Post Reply
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