Thursday, October 07, 2010

Continuing a trend

It's been a long day and fatigue creeps up, so I'll make this a short one – we see from The Scotsman that two Scots Tories are in trouble, variously for describing carers as "the great unwashed" and the Scots in general as "thick".

There may be some merit in applying the second description to a community that votes for Alec Salmond, the man who believes renewables can supply all Scottish electricity by 2025.

However, even in this day and age, it is unwise for politicians to be too candid about what they really think of their voters, and it is perhaps a mark of how little they care for us that they are so relaxed about letting their views be known.

But, after Mr Cameron so vividly dubbed UKIP members - natural Tory supporters - as "fruitcakes", and Mr Brown called AGW sceptics "flat earthers", they are just continuing a well-established trend of politicians insulting the electorate.

In a sense it is honest – or would be if it wasn't so often inadvertent or spontaneous. But at least we don't have to worry about declaring that the contempt they so often express for us is wholly reciprocated.