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Posts Tagged ‘Nick Clegg’

Presenter of 2nd Debate Had No Right to Influence Discussion

Posted by Gazbook on April 23, 2010

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Forgive me for my banality, but my hatred of certain massive news corporations being able to influence the vote in favour of the Tories somewhat irritates me.

Even more so, on the second debate Adam Boulton made a comment that, quite frankly, really irked me. The reason for that was I feel it influenced the debate… all he brought up was the fact Nick Clegg was on the front of the front cover of The Telegraph, for reasons questioning his finances. ┬áMy problem was it was the job of the leaders to debate and question things. Adam’s role was quite clearly that of a moderator. In all honesty I feel it was part of the smear campaign against the Lib Dems that The Times, The Sun (both papers owned by the same company that owns Sky News) and The Telegraph has propagated.

I hugely encourage others to go ahead and make a complaint to Ofcom using this link. I am certain this breaks the rules of conduct Sky had to agree to in order to be able to make the broadcast. As a side note, being a part-time film editor I am fairly confident many subtle features such as camera angles, framing and the like aimed to undermine Nick Clegg. Obviously that is nothing I am firm about, but in all honesty wouldn’t surprise me given News Corporation‘s track record.

Feel free to use my letter to Ofcom as a template.

Already questioning the impartiality of Sky in political matters, I wish to make a formal complaint with regards to Adam Boulton’s comments to Nick Clegg on being “on the front cover of The Telegraph”.
Forgive me if I am wrong, but the rules for the debates made clear that the role of the presenter would be that of a moderator, rather than to interject additional comments more in the style of TV reporting. I feel his comments were nothing more than to influence the debate, when this was quite clearly the job of the LEADERS to DEBATE.
I would be interested to see how, legally, Sky stands on this issue; as being the role of a moderator Adam had NO RIGHT to influence the discussion (other than to select who was to speak and for how long).
I eagerly await your response.
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Round 2, Tomorrow Night

Posted by Gazbook on April 21, 2010

and in the interests of impartiality...

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I have to say, I was absolutely amazed with how the debate went last week. Although in my heart of hearts I knew Nick Clegg and the Liberal Democrats had a message that was fresh and different to the two parties who have held a monopoly on our government for over 60 years, in all honesty I never expected him to be taken as seriously as the public had done.

Now both the Conservatives and Labour are changing their battle plans, from appearing friendly to the yellow party to becoming more hostile and questioning. I think just for our party to actually be in a position where “Labservative” are analysing every detail is a huge achievement in itself, and shouldn’t be seen with caution as it shows for the first time in a very long time we are actually being taken seriously by the establishment.

However, if Gordon and David are too hostile I believe it will show the cracks in going red and blue even more. Not only will it show that they can’t keep to one firm manifesto and campaign, but I believe the public will actually rally in support of the bullying of Nick. This is bearing in mind the viewing figures will be much lower for the next debate anyway, seeing as Sky News is not a terrestrial channel.

As I type this message, the official “We got Rage Against the Machine to #1, we can get the Lib Dems into office!” page has gone from 0 members to 127,000 in 7 days. The Tories, with a Conservative fan page, are the next closest political Facebook Group with just over 50,000 members. I think this speaks volumes for how well the Liberal Democrats have done already.

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Bickering Between Children Whilst Careful of Clegg’s Eggshells

Posted by Gazbook on April 15, 2010

Nick Clegg makes the Liberal Democrats' Leader...

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What I saw on ITV1 tonight was not really a debate. Gordon Brown and David Cameron were so worried with getting on Nick Clegg‘s bad side that they couldn’t say a single bad word about him. And the two leaders, of parties that have had a monopoly on Parliament for over 50 years, were left to bicker between themselves.

In a sense I feel sad that Clegg was almost denied the opportunity for proper debate as it seems he was given “special treatment”. Yet at the same time I find it very reassuring that the only truly democratic party in Parliament had this platform to say “actually, you don’t have to believe them lot”.

What amazed me most, however, was the 40+% approval rating of Nick compared to David and Gordon; He ended up with more people thinking he was the best then either of his opponents put together. It has given me even more confidence that, actually, it is worth fighting for change because a lot of people would like change. Plus with a majority of people watching the programme being made up of those who will vote, it could lead to some very interesting results come election day.

Still, there is a long while yet. For those interested in the Liberal Democrats winning in a few weeks time, I’d sign up to become a volunteer for the party. You don’t have to do anything you’re uncomfortable with, and there’s an opportunity to make a difference locally.

That is why I’m Lib Dem, and why I am standing for them as a councillor. If I was in power, and if the party got in power, they would want to give it away. To you.

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