Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Italy: Politics of the middle ground

Response to article by J. Freedland in the Guardian:

As I said in response to Bastion's article, it's also the result of the professionalisation of politics, the spin-doctors, image manipulators and campaign managers using focus groups, etc. The adopt what they think most voters will vote for, they don't try to persuade them to adopt policies they believe in. This results in parties moving to the middle ground, as Blair did and as Cameron is trying to do here. This leads to the close results we saw in US elections and now in Italy. And when both main parties are aiming at the middle ground and so playing down their differences, it's no surprise that the personalities of the leaders become at least one thing that distinguishes the parties from each other.

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