Advancing a Free Society

The choice this election is three brands of implausible

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the most implausible of them all? It's a close run thing. None of the parties are levelling with us about the flesh-eating politics of austerity that we'll face for the next few years. To get a sense of what really awaits us, don't watch tomorrow's TV debates. Just visit Ireland.

Meanwhile, my interim prize for most implausible campaign pitch goes to the Conservatives for page 62 of their manifesto. This shows a shadowy figure holding up a banner proclaiming "People Power". Well, I've witnessed a few historic moments of "people power" and if the political reform proposals that follow in the Conservative manifesto add up to people power, then I'm a Filipino.

Continue reading Timothy Garton Ash in The Guardian