Political speeches are ripe for parody as there is so much that is said which is, at best, meaningless. More often it is simple insult which commonly results in a round of applause. Even the people who purport to be interested in politics will descend into insult. In Facebook terms this results in clicks on 'like', and this makes me concerned for the future of our democracy. The public are turned away from politics for many reasons but this includes politicians insulting each other and each of them giving their own 'facts'. More importantly, insults become a regular occurrence and debate is often meaningless.
When politicians talk about lines that must never be crossed then they are cheered. In practice lines are notoriously difficult to find in politics. When figures are discussed like unemployment or debt then these figures are never perfect. There has to be a degree of error with figures even if it is just rounding them up or down. They will change on a daily basis and if anyone wishes to quote figures there has to be a reference point. This would be my main concern with the recent posting on my Facebook timeline which I wrote about on Tory Lies or Labour Cluelessness except that a greater concern for me is the vitriol that results from misinformation.
Marge Simpson stood for public office and soon discovered that voters want to hear meaningless slogans. Those who use them will defend their honour with vigour. There is nothing wrong with supporting families, the nation, patriotism etc and anyone who doesn't agree deserves derision. A friend put it succinctly. "It's terrorism ... think of the children ... it's climate change ... asylum seekers ... British tradition ... the previous Government ... the economy ... etc etc
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