Sunday 19 February 2017

It's stable enough at the moment, thank you

Published 20/03/2016 | 02:30

Illustration by Jim Cogan
Illustration by Jim Cogan

Before the election had even finished, we were being told by almost everyone in the political game that what we needed most of all was "stable government" - the unanimity itself should have made us sceptical.

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"We" for example, in these situations, may not mean "we" in the normal sense - just "we", the people who got elected, rather than the people who elected them. Or it may just mean "we" the commentators who love saying things like "we need stable government", because that is what they do.

It certainly doesn't mean "we", the one-third of the electorate who chose not to vote - an awful lot of people there, who are probably finding that despite all the shape-throwing, things are feeling stable enough at the moment, without much of a government at all.

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