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Getting politicians' hands dirty

11 May 2010

By the time you turn to the back page ofSJ you may already have had several days under the new government of the BWP (Bigoted Woman Party) or the NMDA (Norfolk Mallard Duck Alliance) both of which had been able to keep so well under the radar of the opinion polls that nobody knew they existed until it was too late.

But the chances are that we will be facing a future with some or all of the same old faces that have stared, smiled, grimaced, shouted, whispered, cajoled, enticed, or threatened us over the past few weeks.

And, having lived through more elections than I care to remember, I doubt if our ordinary lives will be changed much more than one jot by the fact that [ reader please fill in the blanks ] is prime minister. The last time we had a change of government I thought it would make a difference. In May 1997, after Tony Blair became PM, I wrote on this page (during a power cut in the office):

“There was a certain deep satisfaction in knowing that the Cons...

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