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Who's running this country, anyway? Jul. 8th, 2003 02:49 pm
http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,993465,00.html

From: ciphergoth
Date: July 8th, 2003 - 09:48 am (Link)
Don't you think the article makes a pretty convincing case?
From: azekeil
Date: July 8th, 2003 - 11:18 am (Link)
Yes. But I believe Britain is it's own worst enemy. It's lost identity and resolve in a wash of ineffectual political correctness.
From: wechsler
Date: July 8th, 2003 - 11:49 am (Link)
Could you clarify what you mean by that?
From: azekeil
Date: July 8th, 2003 - 12:08 pm (Link)
I don't believe there is now any clear contrast between the two major diplomatic parties. I believe Britain's political system has been surviving on spin and bureaucracy rather than a set of ideologies the voters can identify with. In short, they've lost confidence. That's why voting turnout has been the lowest for years.
From: valkyriekaren
Date: July 8th, 2003 - 01:31 pm (Link)
I'm not entirely sure what you meant by political correctness in your comment above, and how you relate that to what you say in this one.

Political correctness was a term coined in the late 80s and early 90s intended to ridicule and belittle political groups who objected to racist, sexist, homophobic and otherwise discriminatory speech and actions. Inaccurate stories such as 'children not being allowed to sing baabaa black sheep' popped up in the tabloid press as examples of this 'political correctness gone mad'. Similar stories still appear today but fortunately are usually quickly refuted - the recent 'hot cross bun' debacle is one of them.
From: azekeil
Date: July 8th, 2003 - 03:55 pm (Link)
I must admit none of my comments are very clear - apologies for that. I doubt I'll do much better now.

What I meant was that I feel British politics has at times degenerated into arguments about political correctness. This sort of petty bureaucracy and the move towards the nanny state (something I lump together with political correctness) has caused the voter to lose confidence in my opinion.

That's not much better is it? :S