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political football

A problem or situation that causes an argument between different political parties, often in an attempt to gain an advantage. It didn't take too long before the issue of property taxes turned into a political football for the candidates.
See also: football, political

political football

Fig. an issue that becomes politically divisive; a problem that doesn't get solved because the politics of the issue get in the way. The question of campaign contributions has become a political football. All the politicians who accept questionable money are pointing fingers at each other.
See also: football, political

a poˌlitical ˈfootball

an issue or a problem that causes argument and disagreement and that different political groups use to gain votes: It is sad that education is still being used as a political football, instead of action being taken to improve it.
See also: football, political
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To treat them as some kind of political football is not a road that we are prepared to go down.
Every year there is a winter health crisis and every year the NHS is kicked around as a political football.
It is high time that we learned to value the treasure that is the Welsh language - a treasure that belongs to all of us - and stopped using it as a political football.
In response, Feile an Phobail organiser Kevin Gamble said they would not be used "as a political football despite attempts by some".
What cannot be allowed to happen is a well-respected fire service becoming a political football just to justify political ideology.
The NHS is a political football especially during elections.
In the battle to win over voters at the next election the NHS has become a political football but no matter who wins, the priority must be to give the very best care to patients, at any cost, and no amount of money must be spared to provide adequately trained and properly paid sta".
The traditional parties use the NHS as a political football.
I QUITE agree with the Mayor of Rhyl, regarding his comments, that the Rhyl Floods should not be treated like a political football.
It's time Cllr Davies climbed down off the fence and stood with the other major councils of the north in telling the Labour party to stop playing political football with the region's prosperity.
Dan Patrick, R-Houston, and State Board of Education member Thomas Ratliff will spar on Saturday over CSCOPE, the controversial curriculum tool used by Texas public schools that became a political football during the 2013 legislative session.
Tewari said the state had not developed during the 11 years of Modi's chief ministership " and to divert attention from these matters, Modi is playing political football with sensitive international issues like Sir Creek".
The move has reportedly infuriated the National Union of Students (NUS) and other student bodies in the UK, who claimed of "being used as a political football by politicians" in the country.
But when I watched her being interviewed on television last week, the conversation was not about what could be done to help those who have lost their homes and possessions, it was all about politics - the same old political football that gets kicked about at times like this.
I MUST take issue with Trefor Davies (Daily Post December 15), where he uses the closing of Hafod y Gest care home in Porthmadog as nothing short than a political football.