The question arises whether Lewis Carroll had political races in mind when he penned his description of the crocodile: "How cheerfully he seems to grin, how neatly spreads his claws. And welcomes little fishes in, with gently smiling jaws."

Many of us vote for the candidate we judge will do the least damage. To expect our statesmen to make difficult changes that would slow our descent into the abyss is unrealistic. Such a course would not lead to re-election. The proverb that office holders are no better or worse than the folks who vote them in invites introspection.

Anthony Black