From the monthly archives:

December 2003

The year 2003 marked the end of professional politics and the return of the celebrity politician, the man or woman whose face is instantly recognisable because we’ve seen it on the TV or the cinema screen but whose policies we neither know nor care about.

The election of Arnold Schwarzenegger as Governor of California after a campaign in which he refused to define what he stood for, offer the slightest hint of what he planned to do about the state’s economic crisis, or debate anything at all with his political rivals, is bound to be copied and is another blow to democratic process.

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