Teddy Roosevelt, American President, once said that “to anger a conservative, lie to him; to anger a liberal, tell him the truth.”
I strongly suspect that this will be the mindset of many Liberals tonight while watching the results of the European elections come in. The right-wingers will be spinning truths through half-truths and outright lies while the left-wingers will be framing every result through the prism of truth.
Let’s face it, if the expected outcome for Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party is as huge as expected us Liberals will be tearing our hair out though there will be some mitigation of this by the gains expected to be made by the Remain parties of the Lib Dem, SNP, Green Party and the Women’s Equality Party.
In any case, you will need coping mechanisms for the election results marathon that will be starting on BBC1 tonight at 10pm for the simple reason that the results, guaranteed, will starkly confirm the polarisation of the Brexit and anti-Brexit schism. For what it is worth, here are my three top tips.
- There is nothing quite like Liberal anger especially, on election night, at the sight of the same old MP whom you have seen a thousand times before on Question Time, The Marr Show blah blah, you get the point, pop up yet again on the BBC spouting the same old lines which you have heard a 1,000 times before. Make it 2,000 if you are an avid Twitter follower and read political tweets. Coping tip: don’t have a milkshake close to you for the simple reason that you will not be able to, obviously, throw it at the intended MP whom you are spewing hatred for. Instead, you will be sorely tempted to throw your milkshake at the TV, the cat or your partner. Not recommended.
- Don’t waste your anger in the first few minutes of the Election results because election nights are marathons. The BBC is doing a broadcast lasting quite a few hours. You will run dry if you reach peak point within a few minutes. Don’t hit the high of your election speedometer till, at least, two hours into the results. This way you will peak slowly and still have time to unwind before going to sleep absolutely exhausted and drained.
- This is the ‘stay positive’ message of which the self-help industry has made a fortune out of. Check your anxiety levels, channel it and do something. I always take to Twitter to vent my anger though my anxiety levels do rise if no one ‘likes’ my Tweets. That’s a separate story. Don’t feel powerless is the message here.
Enjoy your night.