So far the General Election campaign has been about choosing the least bad of who cares.
An argument about increasing VAT or National Insurance isn’t motivating me.
A thought struck me today about David Cameron’s ‘change’ mantra…
Why choose ‘change’ as the theme of the Conservative election campaign?
For a start, he’s not a change. He’s fairly well off, well educated (in private education), Oxbridge graduate Tory leader. There have been loads of them.
He doesn’t look different. Obama could claim to be a change. He’s a black man. There hasn’t been a black president of the USA before. That’s a change. Cameron is a white, straight, middle aged Englishman. We’ve had them as Prime Minister before.
All Cameron has succeeded in doing is creating a slogan he has to defend rather than something. Of course the Conservatives would be a change if they were elected. They’re not Labour.
That said, I don’t even know what Labour and the Liberal Democrat’s slogans are. Probably ‘Hope’ and something else knicked from Obama’s campaign.
I want to care. I do care.
I haven’t decided who to vote for yet. So far the bar is somewhere around whoever has the best poster or whoever upsets me least. I’m not sure anyone is even going to meet that meager mark.
When was the last time a politician made you sit up and take notice? When was the last time you heard someone seeking public office lay out a vision of how society could be? When was the last time you felt motivated to get involved?
I want to be inspired. Please. Is that too much to ask?