So – who caught the BBC Opposition Leader’s Debate on Thursday? I’m always up for a bit of Tory-bashing!
David Cameron’s absence was noted and welcomed, not only was he unable to ‘defend’ the Coalition record over the last 5 years, but also gave the leaders a chance to go between each other on valid points raised with a minimum of Left-vs-Right point scoring.
I don’t know if it’s the #millifandom buzz, but even Red Ed came off as slightly more coherent and impassioned – although we still get too much “Look,/Here’s what I think/Let me tell you why” looking at the camera to make sure he addresses the ‘voting public’ (a bit rude to the audience, no?) and some party-line rhetoric that reminds me of a doting Dauphin who’s come up through rigorous training on how to present oneself ‘properly’ as a politician. The whole “Debate me (if you think you’re hard enough)” shtick was cringe – seems even spin doctors are out of touch, who thought that would make him more relate-able?
The less said about Farage, the better. The scaremongering was addressed and mocked accordingly – and who would actually press ‘the button’ and drop the bomb? The overwhelming impression left was one of Common Sense, and once again the women on the panel come off as the most genuine, impassioned and pragmatic – dealing with problems and raised questions with valid points and solutions. What’s even more encouraging is the active acknowledgement that not one party will win an overall majority, and the extent that (almost) all the parties are willing to work together on common ground.
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