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Bad Karma Chameleon

by | 20th, April 2006

‘BY now you should have received your postal ballot for the local elections. You may even have lots of them. Vote now and vote often, as the saying goes.

Vote for the cycling reptile or the lying snake

Campaigning for the May 4 local elections in England when 4,360 council seats will be contested, including all councillors up for re-election in London – is in full swing.

You will have been cajoled in some way by the agonists, all keen to get your vote, or votes, and take over the local town hall. “Today wheelie bins, tomorrow the NHS and Iraq,” goes the rallying cry.

Even if no-one has knocked on your door clutching a clipboard and wearing a long woolly scarf (LibDem), a syrupy grin (Labour, Tory) or a white pointy hat (BNP), you are still being bombarded by political marketing.

And it’s a nasty business. No less a person than Tony Blair is said to have sanctioned the TV film and blog portraying Conservative leader David Cameron as a chameleon. They say you need a thick skin in politics and Dave the chameleon has it in abundance. What’s more, it can change colour, ‘flip-flopping’ through the political spectrum.

Dave is blue when talking to the Tories; he’s red when billing himself as the “heir to Blair”; turns yellow when claiming to be a “Liberal Conservative”; and is green when on his bicycle.

Not that the Tories are bovvered. They may recall Tony’s declaration a few weeks before the 1997 election that ‘positive policies win elections, not negative campaigning’. See swivel-eyed Dave the chameleon swallow a bug and sip champagne in the back of

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