It could very well be that the next General Election will produce one of the biggest turnouts of the electorate on record. Far from being apathetic, there is a view that the public will be anxious to give a bloody nose to all those politicians who played the fiddle while the world descended into financial chaos and allowed the likes of Tony Blair and George W. Bush play cowboys, using Iraq and then Afghanistan for their macho war games.
The great divide in British politics has always appeared bogus, in that ultimately, whoever is in government, the voters believe that the country is run in accordance to a set of rules laid down by the establishment and their (civil) servants, with the ruling politicians a mild inconvenience. However, over the past twelve months in particular, the public has seen the Masters of the Universe naked and exposed in their greed and sadly impotent in their inability to control the financial institutions who they rewarded with so much freedom. Also, in their war on terror, it does appear that it is the terrorist who is gaining the upper-hand and it is OUR freedom, not theirs (the terrorists), which is being eroded.
And so to our next General Election. The majority of the current crop of MP fodder will disappear from the Commons and, despite the many disasters of the Labour government, it appears that the Conservative Party, under David Cameron, is still sadly lacking in its ability to convince the electorate that it could do any better.
In recent weeks, it could be said that Gordon Brown has re-discovered his mojo and re-emerged as the man who has a plan for just about everything. It just needed the threat of election defeat to unveil it. However, perhaps the country just needs a change, but wants to hedge its bets.
The talk of a hung parliament is gaining momentum and it is Nick Clegg who could emerge as the real winner. The forthcoming TV debates will give him the opportunity to convince the public of his credentials and could pay dividends, so long as he doesn't use the occasions to promote the Liberal Democrats "Wish List" when, what the public wants, are straightforward solutions to the problems ahead. He will need to establish his credibility and raise his public profile, if he is to play a part in the next government. In his favour is that he sounds good and will appear fresh-faced beside the vampiric Gordon Brown and even David Cameron who, when he is being sincere, has the ability to remind people of Tony Blair at his most honest.
But, whatever Nick Clegg dreams, the likelihood is that David Cameron will be our next Prime Minister, but possibly lacking a clear mandate to govern. Will the Tory leader have difficulty sharing the spoils with another? The great thing about Mr. Cameron is that, like Mr. Blair, he appears to believe the soundbite more important than the principle, so working with Nick Clegg, or anyone else for that matter, should not prove a difficulty. In fact, they could become best buddies and, without any personal ideology to worry about, the scene could be set for a government prepared to act, not on principles, but necessity, in the interest of Queen and Country. Now, in the climate the new government will inherit, surely that would be no bad thing?