Politics of demand


Last night. Talking with a friend. Somehow we concluded that politics is less about demand, about articulating demands and more about threat. This in the context of the AV referendum. The problem with the idea of the Alternative Vote was that it provides no means of making a threat. Listing one’s preferences makes any electoral threat (I will not vote for you) redundant and toothless. Although, electoral threats are always only toothed within their own context. The real threat would be an Electorate Strike. Like the Sack Parliament posters that appeared a while back. Only organised.

For my own part, I neither voted in the Scottish election nor the AV referendum.


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