Leaders' Debate: The very unmagnificent seven
The abysmal leaders' debate was a product of our abysmal politics. Four of the seven leaders were Left-populists; one was a Left-totalitarian; Farage was a total one trick pony on immigration; Cameron looked as though he didn't want to be there, which of course he didn't. What a fiasco British politics now is
What a load of rubbish. Except in one single respect. If you still needed convincing that our political system is no longer fit for purpose Thursday night's two-hour long leaders' debate should finally have put any doubts to rest.
Of the seven parties represented, five were on the Left. The hopeless leader of the Green Party Natalie Bennett sounded as though she wants to create a green version of the Soviet Union, while weirdly claiming that her politics were somehow "new".
The robotic Nicola Sturgeon for the SNP seemed only concerned to outflank Ed Miliband in the social populism stakes, which is difficult these days since vote-buying in the form of promising handouts to everyone in sight is all Labour has to offer.
Leanne Wood from Plaid Cymru seemed pleasant enough, but it was all decidedly air-headed.
Nick Clegg, surprisingly, came across relatively well, but coming across well relative to Lib-Dem standards isn't really much of an achievement.
From the two Right-leaning parties, UKIP leader Nigel Farage was the bigger disappointment.
Most Britons only see Farage in short bursts, and that may turn out to be the secret of his success. In long form, he looked poor. Practically every response he gave came back to immigration, which is fine if you're obsessed by the subject, but might give voters with other matters on their mind -- the economy for example -- pause for thought when it comes to polling day.
If David Cameron just about managed to avoid coming across as Mr. Grumpy, it still didn't stop him looking as though he didn't want to be there, which of course he didn't. He adopted a totally risk-free approach, sticking to the economy and banging out boring stats that don't really mean much.
It was all totally and utterly abysmal. Not a single one of those characters was in any way shape or form inspiring. Who had any vision, apart from the rather scary one offered by the Greens?
Which young person in Britain, allowed to stay up with the parents, at any point turned to Mum or Dad and said: "Wow, I want to be like that when I grow up"?
We need a new electoral system, a new Westminster system, a new media, and a new political establishment generally. All this sorry bunch did for us last night was make it impossible to disagree with that.
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