I watched, enjoyed, and possibly endured four and a half hours of political news, debate, and reflections last night. Beginning with the Leaders’ TV Debate, follow-up reactions, Question Time and This Week. I’ll make it short.
Leaders’ TV Debate: I thought David Cameron won by a country mile, [hell, I’m conservative you know] even though I spotted a couple of weak responses. It’s these that drag down his overall rating, methinks. Brown put in a strong performance, although looked worn out. Amazing to me that he’s lasted this long, a tribute to his resilience and inner drive. Clegg again delivered a polished presentation. But, I’m probably in the minority in not warming to his, or the LibDem blandishments. When Clegg mentioned climate change in his opening speech, I was surprised. Where’s that come from. Are the LibDems going for the student vote? Result: No knockout blow from any leader. They all live to fight on, in the final debate.
Conclusion: It’s taken me a while to come to get here; I think the result of the MP’s expenses scandal and loss of trust in politics, has morphed into an amorphous desire for change, which the LibDems have successfully captured, through both luck and policies for change in the political system. We’ve just got to live with the consequences now of a three-way fight, however uncomfortable.
Post debate review: Can I say how much I loathe senior politicians being interviewed after the debate. They offer no perspective whatsoever. Much better to talk to commentators, or intelligent observers.
Question Time: Anne Leslie was my star in Question Time, particularly for debunking the LibDem halo on party funding, and also on a hung parliament. Good on her. In an odd way, I get the feeling that the public’s desire for a hung parliament is an easy way of avoiding giving direct support to any one party.
This Week: Tiredness was overcoming me from a long day out. Politicians, commentators, and journalists must all be sleep-deprived wrecks, living on adrenalin. Surely, they can’t all be happy to have the uncertainty of a hung parliament after the election, with the mayhem continuing.