The lesser of two evils

Written by Jack O’Leary

Let me first start of this article with a poem succinctly describing the current situation the UK finds itself in, which I have entitled “A Look To The Future”:

“A Look To The Future” By Jack O’Leary

“We’re fucked,

So fucked,

Absolutely fucked.”

And with that, we begin in earnest.

At the time of writing, yesterday was the General Election, and man was it an eventful, exciting day.

That was a lie. Voting is hardly a spectacle worthy of fireworks, and to expect it to be exciting is like expecting David Cameron to address the fact that he led a campaign in the 1980’s for the imprisonment of Nelson Mandela. Still though, like most adult things such as paying taxes, it is entirely important to the future of the country; herein lies the problem.

Unless politics is taught in schools, then people only understand pop culture politics, and whilst sometimes pop culture politics is important in understanding a wide variety of issues, such as The Gulf War, and The Gulf War 2: The Iraq Boogaloo, it leaves you missing the bigger picture.

People may, for instance, praise the Tories for reducing the reliance on a welfare state and thus reveal themselves to be soulless vampires who would assign a price to a human life; they would not, however, know that the government withdrew the criminal prosecution case levelled against HSBC for helping several of their rich clients engage in tax evasion that, in contribution with other rich tax evaders, has cost the UK a total of £4.1 billion, which is an estimated £2.9 billion more than fraudulent benefits claimers. [1]

So therefore pop culture politics should not be relied on to inform the electorate on important economic issues. At least we can rely on pop culture politics to inform us on social issues, right? At least then maybe we can have empathy for our fellow human and maybe use that to influence who we vote for, seeing as economic policies are just as important as social policies.

An unfortunate truth of the press is that it only really focuses on social issues when it can demonize people; rather than view apathy as a result of capitalism only valuing workers if they are intelligent enough, the press views apathy as directly detracting from capitalism, demonizing them if they do not conform to capitalist values; seeing them as leeches in a system that ignores the fattest, most well fed leeches.

And so pop culture politics, to the uninformed observer, is the same for every party, with only a few discrepencies between the parties. The Tories are blue, Labour are red, Lib Dems are yellow; what kind of choice do you have if the major difference is the colour?

And thus you get a low voter turnout. In my constituency alone, only 60% of the constituents turned up to vote; if we allow 15% for the people who are physically or mentally unable to vote, then that is 25% of the population that, fed on a diet of pop culture politics, are simply bloated by the similarities between the parties, and seek out a “political Activia”-for them, that means not engaging with politics and thus leaving the fate of their country in others hands.

Amongst young voters, the story is the same; almost 50% of the young people who were old enough to vote did not, citing that they didn’t want to choose between “The Lesser of Two Evils”, which then infers that they are happier with the evilist evil winning out, and thus does not paint them in a good light.

At the time of writing, the Tories have managed to form a majority government. I can only hope that for those of you who didn’t vote, you are happy with the death of the NHS on your hands.

Sources Cited:

[1] [http://www.theweek.co.uk/uk-news/62461/which-is-bigger-the-bill-for-benefit-fraud-or-tax-evasion]

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