Magazine article New Internationalist

Democracy Is a Dish Best Served Cold

Magazine article New Internationalist

Democracy Is a Dish Best Served Cold

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Election time has been and gone in Britain and Seriously's restaurant critics surveyed the electoral menu and found its school dinner plate served up with a lukewarm portion of crusty parliamentary nuggets with cheesy platitudes sauce, partially frozen monarchy fillets garnished with a bed of limp democracy and chips. Thanks to special contracts under the Government's Private Finance Initiative, Brits will have to keep eating this crud for the next 25 years until their teeth fall out.

Tony Blair's Labour Party won over the critics and swept into a third straight victory in Britain promising better quality Turkey Twizzlers in school meals, cleaner hospital privatizations and more boyish Oxford public-school harrumphing in the House of Commons. Meanwhile the opposition Tories are suing the manufacturers of their official party dog whistle, ImmigrantBash Inc, after the election results revealed that it can't teach a new dog old tricks. At least, that's what we're thinking. …

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