Monday, May 10, 2010

We live in exciting times politically.

I started the day with a good laugh. On the Today Programme (Radio 4) there is always a review of the newspapers. What wonderful headlines from the Murdoch and other right-wing press.

A squalid Day for Democracy howls the Daily Mail.

Nick Clegg faced a growing backlash for cynically double-dealing

shabby deal

double-dealing Lib Dems

the battle to win Nick Clegg's support descended into a squalid and undemocratic auction played out behind closed doors.

a new low in putting party advantage ahead of the interests of the nation.

The Daily Express saw events as a “sordid” political stitch-up.

Mr Clegg was accused of pursuing his party’s “self interest”

accusations of treachery

I don’t know how anyone could have such a bare-face nerve to put such a suggestion.

The quality of the readership of the Daily Express was revealed when one reader commented that there was unlikely to be civil unrest Greek style. Don't bet on it. It works for the muslims - they get concession after consession. Said Marigold.

Lib Dems behaving like every harlot in history claimed the Daily Telegraph

Interestingly when I googled the Sun, it had Football above News on its web page. Ah, the priorities of the Sun reader.

All this really brightened my day. The politics of entitlement and resentment is alive and well in Britain.

These newspapers seem, however, to have missed some significant facts - not that factual inaccuracy was ever a problem to this branch of journalism.

* No one won this election: at a time when the Labour Government with Mr. Brown as Prime Minister, was about as unpopular as it possible to be, the Conservative Party failed to win enough seats - by some margin - to form a majority government.

* The British public effectively voted for - and got - a hung parliament.

* The mood of the public is for change certainly, but that must increasingly be seen as a change from the dominant two party system and a change of the whole political process. That includes the voting system.

* Mr Clegg, the Kingmaker, was keen to give the party that gained the most votes, the Conservatives, the first opportunity to form a government. That shows integrity.

* Party leaders are expected to put the self interest of their parties first.

* A government of "the losers" as a coalition of Labour, Lib Dem and Nationalist parties is constitutionally acceptable. If the party with the most votes can't form a government, what are the other options unless you argue for an election rerun?

24 hours is a long time in politics: let's see what the papers say tomorrow.

Watch this space!