The election campaign is providing all sorts of evidence of how ill suited our major political parties are to running our Government on our behalf. Yesterday the Labour Party showed its willingness to bow to the pressure from the Conservative taunts of a coalition with the SNP by confirming that no such coalition would be considered. Its a perfectly rational decision to take, and under the relentless pressure from the media it is understandable that Ed Miliband has nailed his colours to the mast. However it does leave those English voters who are opposed to the austerity measures with no choice but to vote Green as the only Political Party South of the border willing to countenance a different form of economics. Meanwhile across the debating chamber William Hague was suggesting how terrible it would be if we ended up with a Government that was prepared to work on a Confidence and Supply agreement rather than insisting on establishing a formal coalition. His argument was that the Government would be constantly paralysed as the parties in the agreement publicly debated which laws they would agree to and which they would not. This image betrays Mr Hagues world view that Governments are elected to get on with making decisions without bothering to debate the strengths and weaknesses of each law and policy outside of the Cabinet. It is this very lack of debate and open decision making that is leading many of us to feel that our Political Parties do not deserve our support.
Later on in the day the image shown above was tweeted by Conservative Central Office with the caption “760,000 more businesses. 1.85 million more people in work. Retweet & let friends know we’re securing a better future” The problem with this language is that Governments do not create businesses. They can of course employ people but if many of the jobs referred to in the tweet are in the private sector then the Government cannot take any credit for the jobs that have been created. Of course they could tell us how many contracts they have given to the voluntary sector and the private sector and how much work that has led to but of course they don’t gather statistics in a way that enables that sort of analysis. They simply measure bums on seats. Many of us would like the next Government to be one that really does understand how the public sector, private sector and voluntary sector operate but sadly none of the parties possess that sort of background knowledge!