Novel reason for not holding an election

Political leaders come up with some novel reasons for holding or failing to hold elections.  The new Japanese prime minister, Yoshihiko Noda, has come up with a particularly distinctive reason for declining to call an election.  According to The Times, he has likened his looks to those of a loach, a mud-dwelling fish.  ‘I don’t think I can increase my support immediately, given that I look like this, so I will not dissolve the Diet’.   I know that politicians are judged to a large degree on their looks, but this appears a striking admission.  Either that or he cannot think of another reason to avoid an immediate election.

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About Lord Norton

Professor of Government at Hull University, and Member of the House of Lords
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2 Responses to Novel reason for not holding an election

  1. Frank W. Summers III says:

    Lord Norton,

    If his predecessor’s bad policies had not led to the tragic earthquake this issue would not have arisen…

  2. arookwood says:

    “Feast your eyes, glut your soul on my accursed ugliness” (Lon Chaney in the original film version of the Phantom of the Opera)

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