David Mitchell, the comedian from the Mitchell and Webb Show and various panel games, has a column in the Observer that is frequently very insightful. This week’s column addresses the election, and concludes with an appeal to think about the real issues behind the political posturing:
Understanding the tiny differences between one drably plausible group and another may be crucial to our future happiness. Our past failures to do so have had horrible consequences: one of the many truths that politicians will never utter is that their mediocrity is, ultimately, a reflection of our own – our failure to understand, scrutinise and care, which is then exacerbated by the disappointing people that that failure allows to come to prominence.
I couldn’t agree more.