The BNP have pushed a leaflet through our door. Their local candidate, a pensioner called Brian (left) with an amusingly giveaway Hitler moustache, makes no mention of race in his Dear Voter letter, but promises to increase the state pension and immediately withdraw troops from Afghanistan. In stark contrast, skeletal teacher Rae Lynch of the Trade Union and Socialist Coalition promises to increase the state pension and immediately withdraw troops from Afghanistan and Iraq.
The far Left and Right could be factions of the same party. Perhaps when we complain that the three biggies are 'all the same' we should remember that the other available slots on the political spectrum are, apparently, occupied entirely by evil and/or stupid parties, such as the Greens. Or, as with Monty Python's election, there are only the Sensible and the Silly Parties.
That said, I'm reluctant to include the Lib Dems amongst the Sensible Parties. As for Labour, Nick Cohen attempts to dredge up a few half-arsed reasons to vote for them. That they're not any of the Silly Parties is the best he can manage - and one can't help the feeling that this is classic Cohen contrarianism, appearing as it does in the Guardian which has of course turned yellow. The Tories are the least worst option because they alone lack the ideological/paymaster-dependency obstacles that would prevent them making the necessary cuts to address The Debt Which Passeth All Understanding, which our great Chancellor-cum-PM has generously bequeathed to the nation during his 13 years of Prudence.