The Moon’s a Balloon

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.

Nobody’s prefect. If you find any spelling mistakes or other errors in this post, please let me know by highlighting the text and pressing Ctrl+Enter.

4 comments… Add yours
  • Steve 3rd May 2005

    Well, given the crap I've heard most of 'em come out with over the past few weeks, more balloons sounds pretty good to me.

  • Anonymous 4th May 2005

    Good grief! You normally speak sense Mr SP, but today you excelled yourself. What a truly wonderful (and possibly alarming) metaphor.

    Have fun,

    M x

  • Shooting Parrots 4th May 2005

    Mark, I promise I wasn't trying to be profound. Well not much.


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