Against a high tide of round the clock tsunami coverage, the Conservative Party has provided some light relief by launching a manifesto for an election that has yet to be announced. It’s like someone’s been to the Jo Moore school of PR, but wasn’t listening when they said it’s bad news you’re supposed to bury. Party leader, Michael Howard, went on to admit they’re not going to win anyway, pledging to stay on if his party wants him to. Let’s hope they do.
Anyway. He told an audience of party faithful, they were now the ‘forgotten majority’, presumably an evolution from ‘silent majority’. The silent majority’s invoked by those who can’t get over being a minority and so claim their comrades simply can’t be bothered to speak up, vote etcetera. The forgotten majority, would speak up, vote etcetera, but simply forget to do so.
Perhaps such forgetfulness is to be expected. In 2002, the party reluctantly admitted the members’ average age was 65. Looking at pictures of Howard’s carefully selected audience, it’s clear the average age is now 68. Howard’s radical solution is to join boy band Busted, whose fans’ average age is 13. So not this election or the one after that, but the one after that… if anyone remembers Busted by then.