- Hunter S. Thompson, The Great Shark Hunt
But this political culture, this photo-op politics, denies people a debate about the things that really matter.
And does deep harm to our country.
It leaves politics a game that fewer and fewer people are watching, or believing.
People’s sense of the artificiality, the triviality, the superficiality of politics is more highly tuned than ever.
And the more it seems this is what matters to us, the more the public are put off.
Unless we stand up now and say that we want to offer people something different, more and more will simply turn away.
Assuming that it has simply become about celebrity.
And C-list celebrities at that.
And if we allow that to continue to happen, we will also rob people of the debate they deserve.
About the things that matter…
If politics is going to respond to the distrust people feel, it has to start by talking about the things that matter to you.
About whether your work will enable you to make ends meet and have a better future for yourself and your family.
About whether your kids will have a better life than you.
About whether we can begin to overcome the deep divisions that exist in our country, the inequalities that divide us.
Britain needs leadership that can help answer those questions.
The current guy might take a good picture but he can’t build a country that works for you.
It is not what he cares most about.
And you are not who he stands up for."
Ed Miliband- The Choice
Really good speech by Ed, cynicism is a really big problem atm..
I think this whole media obsession over Ed’s supposed ‘weirdness’, not looking ‘prime ministerial’ is pathetic, if that’s how we’re going to be choosing the leaders of our country, we might as well make David Beckham PM and have done with it all. I predict this problem will evaporate come the debates, Ed actually comes across in speeches and interviews as genuine, and I think Cameron will struggle against that…
also really liked this line
"A choice between a Labour government that believes the way a country succeeds is with the talents of all against a Tory government that thinks the only people who create wealth are those at the top."
— Hunter S. Thompson, Gonzo Papers, Vol. 1: The Great Shark Hunt: Strange Tales from a Strange Time (1979)
do you ever think about the judges for the triwizard tournament trying to figure out who to kidnap for the second task
like they’re all just sitting in dumbledore’s office and karkaroff goes “well word on the street says that krum has a crush on that granger girl”
"damn," says dumbledore, "I wanted harry to rescue her. well, what about the delightful miss chang?"
"no," says bagman, "we’ve got her down for diggory"
"stop sinking my ships," says dumbledore