Tuesday, 1 January 2008

Red Dawn

Despite the Vichy-esque tendencies of certain Cabinet members past and present, the new year seems to have given Labour a clean break. The latest poll sees the Tory lead collapse to 5 points, and even the Lib-Dems managed to claw a point back. Of course this may have been mere confusion between David Clegg and Nick Cameron, but never look a gift horse in the mouth.

The fact remains though, the vast majority of people in this country have no clue what they actually want, or where their political allegiance lies. Never is this more apparent than in the polls which consistently show two facts, understandable on their own but truly bizarre in conjunction. That people want tougher controls on immigration, and that they want to emigrate. Apparently no-one sees a lack of coherence here. These are presumably the same people who complain about the demise of the high street and shop at Tesco, say the police deserve their pay rise and lambast them for incompetence, and claim they want a referendum on the EU treaty despite having never read it.

Which is why, come election time, the result will be anyone's guess. Because bloggers, pundits and the rest of us political junkies are the minority. We're like professional gamblers. We study form, pedigree, past success and training. And everyone else just picks their favourite colour or the one with the funny name.

To those of you who think I'm being needlessly cynical I say only this...

Boris Johnson has odds of 7/4 to end up Mayor of London

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