Today saw the dissolution of Parliament. We all know what that means, right? It’s the jumping off point for six weeks of bullshit and braggadocio from our political classes as they demonstrate their belief that the way to win an election is to be as rude as possible about everyone else who’s running in it… (Note: I may shortly be slightly rude about people running in the election.)
Curiously, there are still Government Ministers who are in charge of their Departments. Which leaves us in an interesting constitutional fog if anything important actually has to be done. Hmm.
I thought I’d start with the explanation of dissolution in part because I do like the curious administrative corners of our system of government.
And because it delayed me having to talk about the runners and riders in the campaigns that kicked off today. Let’s see. We have:
[Seriously, I don’t make this stuff up.]
In the interests of balance, north of the border we have a solicitor and a financial services strategy manager, while the fastest growing party in politics has a former journalist / section editor for The Guardian and a former Oxfam trade specialist.
I don’t know if any of that matters, but I suppose it’s about the lenses through which people see the world (I come with my own, I know). If you are born and bred in the rarefied (actually slightly shabby) world of MPs’ offices and the chilly corridors of Westminster, does your insider knowledge of how the political machine works make up for the distance – physical and mental – between you and your constituencies? Do we understand and empathise with the needs of people like ourselves more than the needs of others, and if so, what does that mean for policy making?
Answers on a postcard, or perhaps on a ballot paper on 7 May…
In the meantime, to help you make up your mind, you can either submit to six weeks of bickering, squabbling, catfights, dogfights, fistfights, a bit of egg throwing and some pathetic attempt to embarrass someone because they make a face when they eat a sandwich…
Or perhaps let us help. Our comic anthology CROSS is designed to make you think about politics, the people, the structures, voting (a good thing) and some of the bizarre things which make up our political world. Brought to you by 25 amazing comics creators including Mary Talbot, Rob Williams, David Baillie, David “Ziggy” Greene, BRICK and Emma Beeby, it’s 64 pages of thought provoking, laughter inducing satire, including a couple of robots and a surprising number of flying squirrels.