Did anyone see “Five Days That Changed Britain” on BBC1 last night? If not you can catch it on iplayer. This documentary, produced by BBC’s political editor Nick Robinson, gave us a comprehensive account of the peculiar events that led to our coalition government. Whilst there was nothing new for those of us who followed those events live, like a junkie watching a hot spoon, it was nice to see clips and interviews all gathered together. Made me feel quite nostalgic for what seems like a million years ago already.
What became clear was that the current arrangement was only possible in this exact electoral result. Any shift in another direction would have led to a different result. Its a lot like the unlikely chance of our own existence due to the lucky placement of our planet in the solar system. Perhaps Christians will seize upon this, “it is not conceivable that Conservatives and Liberal Democrats could form a government without some sort of divine intervention; it is simply too remote a possibility.” Convincing stuff. If someone actually said that without a sarcastic tone I might be swayed.
My main highlight was Cameron talking so positively about the situation as if he’d never aired a political broadcast claiming a hung parliament would end life as we know it. Hilarious.
Also Ed Balls has now successfully made it to “most loathsome MP” thanks to his sneering and generally slimy demeanor last night. He’s been working at it for some time, but finally got there, kicking Liam Fox out of poll-position. Well done Ed. Here’s hoping you win the leadership race.
So click on the link and give it a watch. Unless you’ve got a life, in which case there’s probably a whole host of things more productive for you to do.
James Hooker has pointed out that we’ve got midterm elections in the states to look forward to. I’ve long since stopped rooting for the Democrats. Not sure why, perhaps because they’re bloody useless. I think they must have an inferiority complex because they can never live up to “The West Wing”. A solution could be to elect Martin Sheen and be done with it.