So the run up to the election is already off to a flyer. It started with a Scottish referendum and Tory defections to UKIP. Since then Ed Balls has been called a Turkey, Cameron’s been called a Chicken and Miliband’s been called Despicable. And best of all Ed Miliband’s down-to-earth Kitchen turned out to be 2nd Kitchen used just as a ‘tea prep area’ which you ‘can’t even sit in’ (let’s be honest though. How many of us have a kitchen big enough to sit in?). But the biggest rumbling has been over whether or not everyone will sit down to do a TV debate.
I don’t really understand what the big fuss is. I understand that debates are supposed to engage the public with the politic debate, but really all it boils down to is the a popularity contest. A charismatic leader only does so much, and I think the pointlessness of it all is borne out by the fact that at the last election Clegg seemed to come out of the debates really well and then flopped at the election. It just seems to demean the whole process. And what’s more now they’ve finally agreed on something it’s going to be a 7 party jobbie! So what? Each leader will get about 30 seconds to say something and then the debate will be over (and the only thing they’ll say is everyone else is a load of rubbish and nothing about why they are any good).
Sufficed to say, I’m not sure I’ll bother watching… and if I do it’ll be for the laughs.
Postscript: When my wife saw Farage this week she said: ‘Erggh! Look at his yellow teeth, the dirty ratbag’. I tried to explain that that isn’t how he really looks, but she was having none of it.