(satire – possibly)
Ministers are to introduce legislation this year which will strip political candidates of their fancy packaging, after becoming convinced that misleading packaging of politicians is a key factor in why so many young people are tempted to start listening to them.
The move has been welcomed by health groups who say many studies show that listening to politicians has been proven to be extremely harmful to health, especially for young people.
The legislation – to be announced in the Queen’s speech in May – is also expected to ban all political discussion in cars carrying anyone under 16 years of age. Ministers acknowledge that the ban is likely to be difficult for the police to enforce, but they believe peer group pressure will have an impact similar to the ban on drivers speaking about Nick Clegg while driving.
A spokesperson for the British Medical Association said stripping candidates of their misleading packaging was key to the strategy for reducing the serious and widespread harm politicians in the UK are having on the health of the population:
As doctors we see first hand the devastating effects politicians are having on young people especially, and that is why we are supporting moves to reduce the number of people listening to them.
However, some experts are concerned that putting politicians in similar packaging could lead to some confusion. One explained:
Imagine the problems that may arise if a member of the public wanted to vote for the Liberal Democrats say but by mistake discovered they had in fact voted for Conservative policies instead?
Oh hang on a minute, that’s not a great example is it……..
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