06.09.2015 07:36 AM

Boredom and politics

Here’s the Buzzcocks (who are here in Tee Dot in mere days!) doing their best-ever tune, from the Spiral Scratch EP. Devoto’s vocal was better than Pete’s, but the perfection of this version is why SFH needs to play it, too.


Now, what has this got to do with politics, you ask? Why, everything. Because, in just a few short days, legislatures national and provincial shalt rise for the Summer, and here’s what you will be thinking about politics:


Zero, zippo, zilch. Everyone will shortly be up to their arses in balconies and barbecues, and they (a) won’t care about politics and (b) won’t want to hear from any politicians.

That’s why incumbents always edge upwards during the Summertime, folks: the legislature ain’t sitting, politicians are neither seen nor heard, and everyone is therefore happy. Ever wonder, perchance, why there are so many elections in the Fall?  Exactly.

Political boredom is already happening, too: columnists and editorialists are struggling, mightily, to find something to write about. And, soon, enough there will be nothing to write about.  (The Senate is corrupt and waste of money? Not exactly front page news, Virginia.)

Here’s what all this political boredom means for the three main political parties:

  • For the NDP, it’s awesome.  They are increasingly popular at precisely the right moment, and they haven’t had to spend much of their war chest to achieve it.
  • For the Tories, it’s similarly swell.  They are competitive in every region, and they are about to start sending out tax cut cheques to Middle Canada.
  • For the Liberals, it is a disaster.  They needed to define Trudeau, and get some policy in the window: they did neither.  And, now, no one is going to be paying attention to them until the Fall – when it is likely too late.

Boredom, folks.  It is upon us.  And for two of the three political options, it’s a good thing.


  1. Mike Adamson says:

    Buzzcocks are the best.

  2. Matt says:

    Actually, historically the federal Conservative numbers tend to fall in the summer.

  3. Mark G says:

    Good song, but I like “I believe” better.

  4. Bill Templeman says:

    Don’t know, Warren. Your seasonal prediction sounds like a variation on the stock traders’ mantra, “Sell in May and go away.” Except sometimes summer stock markets are quite volatile. Ditto voters? Yeah, voters (who can afford it) will chill at the lake, take a road trip or go on a canoe trip, but the anger over all the stupidities will brew all summer long, and come September, the proverbial will hit the fan, whammoo…Although you are right on the money in that, come September, it will be advantage NDP and Harper’s serve. Sadly JT may not have found his racquet even by then.

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