Every two, four, six years, posters fill the streets of men or women with the same message: "Vote for me for a better government." They also appear on TV saying the same thing, with the additional assertion that the others saying it are lying scoundrels, not to be trusted.
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Only mentioned, if at all, by the media at other times, they now appear in your neighbourhood, in the shops, in your face with broad smiles. "Hello. Glad to meet you. What can I do for you? Just give me your vote and when I win it's yours. And more besides." Those within office want to stay in. Those without want to get in.
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