George Galloway’s “Tweedledee, Tweedledum” just about sums up the level of choice available to German voters. Therefore, today’s outcome and the four more years of Angela Merkel foreseen by the SPD’s “Kanzlerkandidat”, Peer Steinbrück, should be viewed as much as a triumph for democracy as the election of Mr Steinbrück himself would have been. Moreover, with the smooth looking, smooth talking, candidate for the Green Party, Jürgen Trittin, ingratiating himself with Merkel on television this evening. any suggestions that some radical alternative might come from that corner in the form of a coaltion between the SPD, the Greens, and “The Left” are nonsensical.
Then there are no radical alternatives and a “Salonfähig” (acceptable to bourgeois society) Green Party set the precedence for what exactly smaller parties have to do to become “Salonfähig” a long time ago in the form of the very real opportunist, Joshka Fisher, If “The Left” are still being largely ignored, they at least know what they have to do.
Of course, how could things be any different? As Max Keiser more or less implied in a discussion with Simon Rose of SaveOurSavers.co.uk a couple of days ago, as long as the really, really, really, underprivileged in the developing world continue to supply the not so quite underprivileged here in the West with their bread and circuses and with their cheap crap the charade will continue. Still, while Max is not quite Marx, his analysis not only goes a bit further, but it also hits the nail on the head. Such is the logic of what is ultimately capitalism, the not quite so underprivileged here will soon be even poorer and that is when the fun and games will stop and the real politics will begin. Until then it does not matter a jot whether it is Merkel or Steinbrück, Cameron or Milliband, Donald Duck or Micky Mouse. It is all a variation of a theme folks and it is not even entertaining television.