Last night we went to the pub for our monthly ‘Stammtisch’ – an evening of good company and German language practice with expats, of whom my wife is one. The conversation inevitably came around to the subject of the forthcoming election, which appears to be a pissing contest between the far right and the not-quite-so-far right about who can magic the most money (measured in the new currency of election promises, the billion). I really like this phrase used in Germany to describe perfectly what’s going on (and I may not have got this exactly right, since my German isn’t that good): Das Blau vom Himmel Versprechen, meaning they promise the very blue from the sky! Which sums up the current campaigning perfectly.
Incidentally, just so you know where I stand here, I certainly won’t be voting for the Millibrain, who simply can’t add up and yet who wants to run a country. Ludicrous. Unfortunately, since the previous Labour government organised the destruction of our education system, nobody else can add up either which can only result in one outcome in this election.