The Colour Purple (and other things…)

It seems to me that there really is so little difference between the policies, such as they are, being talked about by politicians from the Labour and Tory parties that they really are morphing into identi-kit images of each other. After all, regardless of who ends up in power (I had typed “wins” but that will probably be the Apathy party) after the 2015 election they will be following an already legislated course of austerity cuts. So just what will be the difference between Red and Blue?

Maybe instead of talking about the Red Labour party and the Blue Tory party we should instead just refer to them all as the “Purple Party”. If there’s little difference in policies wouldn’t that be more honest for them? “I’m a better purple person that that other guy. Vote for me as the best and most Purple-ist”

If you watch the male representatives of each party on the TV you’ll notice that they all seem to wear purple ties (Ladies in each party do seem to cover more colours, but for the males – it’s purple all the way). Now, why should this be? Is it because they’re afraid to wear their party’s real colour? Who knows? What’s interesting to reflect on is that the colour purple has long had an association with emperors and kings of yesteryear. Is this what they’re unconsciously trying to tell us? That they really are the “chosen ones”? Purple dye used to be the most expensive to produce and hence only the Emperors and nobility could afford it. If colours have a class then purple was an upper class colour.

In some ways, with stories of Euan Blair being lined up for a “safe seat”, and Will Straw being likewise lined up to follow his father into the Westminster bubble, these people do act as if they are purple emperors, preparing the way for their offspring to assume their rightful roles in Government. Is this right? Is working in Parliament and Government really just a hand-me-down family business? It’s already happened with the handing down of the Glasgow Central constituency from Mohammed Sarwar to his son Anas Sarwar.

Is this really the best we can do? How do we get many more people to stand, and to be elected, so that we can have a parliament that represents all the shades of the rainbow, not just the colour purple.


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