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The Phantom Ed?

In this post for my personal blog I put Ed Miliband’s current problems into perspective with the help of some political fictions and wonder if Miliband’s troubles are due to the fact that he is a Geek rather than an Actor?

For despite what we would like to think, most voters seem to prefer a politician who makes them feel good, rather than one who has principles.

Steven Fielding

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  1. Mike Killingworth Mike Killingworth

    No, most voters prefer their politicians to have principles, as you and I – and the authors of the novels you discuss – do. Such voters are either solidly in the column of their party of choice, or equally solid in their principled abstention.

    Elections, however, are not about such voters. They are about the remainder, who are either hedonistic or just not very bright. These are the voters that politicians sell to, because their attachment to the location of their “X” on the ballot paper is slight or even non-existent. If you have ever sat on a polling station as a partisan teller, you will know of the voter who has forgotten where their “X” went in the time it’s taken them to walk out the door…

    And of course, such selling – and indeed such voters themselves – are held in low esteem by the principled majority. Which is why the fact that politicians are despised is not a consequence of the shortcomings of the particular politicians this generation has produced (here or elsewhere) but a logical consequence of the intersection of representative democracy and human nature itself.

    It is indeed why we need politicians: if all voters were as principled as you and I we could introduce government by referendum, and would surely have done so a long time ago!

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