Ms P told me that her sociology tutor asked the class today, “If you were old enough to vote, who would you vote for and why?” (He dodged the question himself, only saying that he would vote but not for whom, presumably fearful of accusations of political bias, albeit in a mood of instilling social responsibility.)
Anyway, Ms P didn’t hesitate, answering “LibDem.” And on what basis? Because they were giving away free balloons in the shopping precinct last Saturday.
On the face of it, a pretty facile reason, but when you think about it, that’s what we all do. Our balloons are promises of more tax, less tax; tuition fees or no; legal or illegal war in Iraq, the list goes on. But then it’s 6 May and the balloons have floated away, been popped, gone flat, or disappeared into the distance with a wet farting noise, and we’re back where we started.
So when you vote on Thursday, as I’m sure you must, remember the balloons and the inflated politicians whose hot air blew ’em up.