Reader Question: “Why do we think our vote will make any difference?”

Treasured Comic Mummy reader Claire asks:

Speaking as a Brit with new Government in place, my question is “Why do we think our vote will make any difference?” Feeling cynical as VAT goes up, my pay freezes for 2 years and the cuts keep on cutting!”

Darling Claire,

Have you ever heard of a parenting philosophy known as “the illusion of choice?”

It essentially goes like this:

– you want your toddler/kid/ unreasonable ratbag to cooperate

– however, your toddler/kid/unreasonable ratbag is at a stage of asserting independence. THEY want to make the decisions. THEY want to be in control. THEY do not like being told what to do.

– SO…you simply grab the cattleprod employ a little bit of good old fashioned strategy: i.e. you offer them a choice. For example:

WRONG: “Eat your damn Cornflakes!”

RIGHT: “Would you like the Cornflakes or the Cornflakes Sultana Bran?”

WRONG: “Get in the bath, motherf****r!”

RIGHT: “What do you want to do first? Hop in the bath or meet your maker brush your teeth?”

WRONG: “You ruined my life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

RIGHT: “Apple or orange?”

And so ensues a blissful period of cooperation – or so the little tike thinks!

This is where you get to rub your hands together in glee and smile wildly, yet you can’t because your lips are otherwise occupied crying: MOIAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHA!

Silly little empowerment-needy fools! Keep them feeling involved in the decision making and they will be the Oompah Loompah to your inner Willy Wonka!

To answer your question, politicians = parents. Very crappy, abusive, manipulative parents.

And seeing as we are the ones being treated as the toddlers, I say we feel fully obliged to act like them.

Now, what shall it be first: all-out tantrum or hell bent destruction?

*Image courtesy of Graphics Fairy

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  1. Franipantz
    July 1, 2010

    Jenny, I believe you are a genius. What an amazing analogy – it explains SO MUCH. My brain is going to be titillated with excitement today as I find further evidence to back up your theory. Just like the day I found out we all have a few specks of Neanderthal genes in our DNA. Now doesn’t that explain a lot? Hurrah! and a good day to you all.
    Love Franipantz X

    • July 2, 2010

      Oh Frani, you are far too kind. Now excuse me while I go find the cure for cancer. I’m pretty sure it’s somewhere buried in that bar of dark chocolate over there…

  2. Claire
    July 2, 2010

    That’s cleared that up and I feel ready to fling myself into all out toddler anarchy! Soiled nappies in Parliament, spitting the dummy and tantrums in the polling booth. LOL

    • July 2, 2010

      Now THERE’S an awesome worldwide movement if ever I saw one! Revolting through being revolting! 😉

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