Saturday 21 January 2017

Gene Kerrigan: The parties have become so alike that elections change nothing except the personnel

Published 09/08/2015 | 02:30

Illustration: Tom Halliday
Illustration: Tom Halliday

The general election campaign is under way, yet the election date remains undeclared. It might not happen - God help us - for the best part of nine months. We're in suspended electoral animation - the engine is revving up, but the brakes are on.

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As the weeks pass, there will be repetitive speeches, pitiful gaffes and premature ejaculations, shameless lies and the occasional heartfelt plea. The level of sheer incompetence and duplicity will - despite our experience - occasionally surprise us.

Throughout this period, we're doomed to suffer the usual range of election-related nonsense.

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