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Posts Tagged ‘Parliament of the United Kingdom’

Bickering Between Children Whilst Careful of Clegg’s Eggshells

Posted by Gazbook on April 15, 2010

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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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Leaders Debates… The Right Direction?

Posted by Gazbook on April 15, 2010

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I’m looking with interest to the leader’s debates tonight. It is the first time the leaders of the 3 main political parties (Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrats) have debated on live TV in the UK.

However, I’m also looking at the whole event with caution.

You only have to look over to our chums in the US-of-A to see a very different story to the one you see here. You get the impression that politics over there really has become a competition of performers, rather than would-be presidents. The party with the glitziest campaigns, the best-looking candidates and (obviously) the most money has a huge possibility in getting to the hearts of the nation and becoming elected.

Sadly, I also understand this is how British politics is turning.

Although I do believe it is an important step in trying to engage the country with politics. And while I look in horror at a House of Parliament that looks more like schoolboys trying to get one-over each other than actually caring about it’s constituents, you can certainly say it’s entertaining. Plus it will get the message out so people can see the policies and beliefs of the Liberal Democrat Party. The only party that wants to take power away and give it to the people when it comes to power.

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