The electoral myth of redemptive violence

By Jonathan Bartley
April 9, 2010

Two interesting comments so far today about the use of (verbal) violence in politics and election campaigns.

Walter Wink amongst others, has highlighted the 'Myth of Redemptive Violence' which extends too to the words that are used, and suggests there is another, and better way - particularly when it comes to blows to the face.

Lance Price, who was a Labour communications adviser during the 2001 general election campaign, said this morning the punch thrown by the then deputy PM John Prescott worked to Labour's advantage.

Earlier, David Cameron, when questioned on the Today Programme this morning about a more constructive politics defended his behaviour at Prime Minister’s Questions saying prime minister's questions as a "bear pit" that you really couldn’t do much to change. "There's an element of Christians being fed to the lions and you're either a lion or a Christian" he said.

It's pretty clear that Dave isn't the latter.

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