A dose of pre-Budget propaganda

I just spend a minute and a half watching Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling talking about the 2009 UK budget, the details of which he’ll be presenting to Parliament in a few days time, on April 22.

What do you think of it?

I don’t know about you, but I’m left only with one question after viewing this video – what’s the point of it?

This video presents the topic in such a patronizing way that I’m left with the feeling that it’s nothing more than simple propaganda, a feeble attempt to present a sympathetic picture of a man doing a difficult job as in a party political broadcast.

This is just like the kind of tame and scripted stuff you’d expect to see in a TV interview. Where’s the authenticity, the genuine and believable sense of the man? Not in a video like this.

If I want to see such drivel, I’d prefer to wait until campaigning for the next General Election starts.

Then I can plan for what to avoid, thank you.

Neville Hobson

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  1. Dean Whitbread

    “Where’s the authenticity, the genuine and believable sense of the man?” – Surely you didn’t expect that from Mr Darling, Neville, or indeed any politician?

    In any case, we don’t need better presentation from politicians, we need accountability, competence and honesty. If they did suddenly turn “genuine” and “authentic” – we’d be looking around for the PR consultants hired at enormous cost and crying foul.

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