A periodical exercise to ignore slander and stay calm and not get upset
The whole time no elections are in sight, the government parties just have their pet projects, and we never are in their field of vision. But, as soon as we get elections, they wake up and play Santa Claus. It’s about time.
The opposition parties are exempt from being constructive, so from them, we get nothing at all if you ignore the slander and anger. But, when an election draws nearer, they make programs for our good as if they are the main power to decide everything already. It’s true that, as soon as they’re in the opposition again, all their plans become worthless, but it is still healing to hear politicians feverishly declaring that they care about us.
It’s just fun to see how half of these parliamentarians drop principles and loyalties, reshuffle the deck several times as if change means progress.
And then there are the polls. If you don’t have enough entertainment from the weather forecast, you get election predictions. They are nonsense and worthless but that has never made them change their methods or anyone stop wasting their money ordering more polls. They always ensure that the margin of uncertainty is larger than the threshold so they can never be blamed for most parties making the threshold or not—each of them completely changing how many seats there are for all the others. Fun is also to see them predict success for different fictitious coalitions, and most politicians believe them. It’s like watching your kids believing in Santa.
For some voters and special interest groups, elections mean secretly and openly lobbying. Some get passionate, with declarations, demonstrations, heated public/private debates, and vague death threats. Almost all fun.
Then your options. In doubt whether to vote for this or that party (leader)? No problem. This time you vote for A and in six months for B. A split vote as never been seen in any other country. You can dance at two weddings.
And then the day of the vote. The illusion that it all depends on you! Or at least that you send a signal to the politicians. As if they care.
And also, the tallying is an unparalleled circus. Almost everyone won, in some way. Some got more seats, some got more seats than expected, some got more seats in the beginning. The party leaders who lost big time but still made the threshold will resign. They won’t represent those who voted for them as they ‘understand that ‘the voters’ didn’t want them.’ And then, commentators can and will explain and explain away anything.
The last four elections resulted in a left-right deadlock, and that’s part of the fun. Our multi-party system and equal strength of the left and right mean we won’t flip between extremes, like in the US. Whatever we vote and whatever ‘analysts’ call it, the next coalition will be centrist again.
The wealthy claim that each election is very costly. This, of course, is a lie. All the money goes to people who sell, earn, and will spend it, so it’s a big boost for the economy. And, more than soccer, it’s worth every penny!