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October 10, 2007

another form of emancipation

Once upon a time on a South West Trains train from Wimbledon to London Waterloo a very busy lady squeezed her way through the crowd of equally busy people cursing the morning rush, sat down on a filthy seat, pulled out her hand mirror from her left jacket pocket and a mascara from her right jacket pocket and started doing her make-up. She stared intensely into her little mirror, drawing fake lashes, powdering her nose and painting her cheeks. By the time the train had arrived at its final destination a Cinderella had emerged.

The next day, two busy ladies did the same thing: they used their train ride to transform into Cinderellas. The same thing happened on day three, and four and twenty-four. More and more ladies pulled out their secret weapons and let the world witness their magical transformation.

I remember a time when make-up was only a home-bound activity. Later, it became a toilet/bathroom-bound activity. Now it’s acceptable to do your make-up on the trains. Maybe it’s not such a secretive activity to begin with and there’s no shame in wanting to look good.

"Smash and grab" as described by the Guardian

or is it? Is there really something wrong with adopting someone else’s idea if they sound so deliciously good? Of course, it may not be so dignified if you pass it as your own idea (it’s known as plagiarism), but other than that and with duly acknowledgement, what’s wrong with seeing something better than your own confused ideas about how to run a country and adopting them? It might have been a terribly managed PR move by the Labour’s spin office to start speculations about a snap election and then not really deliver it – it’s just annoying.

But contrary to what Cameron believes, if Brown was to call an election, 6 out of 12 people would have voted Labour, 2 would have voted Conservative and the rest just lost faith in voting (results of a vox pop on October 3). A very peculiar thought suggested by one of the respondents is that Labour is swinging to the right while another respondent noted that “they are all the same now, aren’t they? They all promise lots of things just before elections, but there’s not much they can change really”.

If this seeming homogenisation of politics is really taking shape, then the one thing the electorate should really be worried about the the lack of choice.

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