Next time: Mr Of The Above None

May 8th, 2010

John Lanchester finds an apt metaphor for post-election Britain:

The voting system and the electorate have botched this election. Reality, as it sometimes helpfully does, offers a metaphor for what we've done. In Chingford, an Independent candidate decided to do something frightfully amusing and changed his name to 'None of the Above'. But because of the way names were presented, he appeared as 'Above, None of the' – at the top of the ballot.

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