Considering all the debating that went on about the debates, it seems like we spent far more time discussing how these debates should go on, than actually, well watching the debates. It was painfully clear however why Cameron kicked up such a fuss and had to get dragged kicking and screaming into these debates because he just wasn’t very good.
The saving grace of the debates themselves had to have been the three anti-austerity amigos, Leanne Wood, Nicola Sturgeon and Natalie Bennet, all of whom saying things which we don’t hear often enough in politics. If ever there was an advert for having more women in frontline politics last night had to be it, the men came across as weak, uninspiring, lifeless and limp – kind of like a head in shoulders advert. The three anti-austerity amigos however spoke from the heart, and put some much needed sense and humanity into a political system which with each passing day is becoming more abstract and alien to most of us.
Farage didn’t even need to be there, they could of replaced him with a sock puppet that just regularly blamed foreigners for their problems, Cameron and Clegg still seem to think that Labour somehow caused a global financial crash by “borrowing” too much, even though borrowing levels only went up after bailing out the banks and they’ve borrowed more than every Labour government combined, in the space of five years. Miliband apart from not saying anything really meaningful seemed to think he hosting one of those late night gambling programs, and on top of that watching Clegg and Cameron have their lovers tiff was like watching a married couple in the throes of divorce arguing over who got to keep that favorite (broken) record.
So how lucky we were that the powers that be over at ITV, our lord and masters that broadcast us our democracy in a nice two hour program decided in their infinite wisdom to have the SNP, Greens and Plaid Cymru on. Yet the format was missing something, maybe they should have given the audience rotten veggies and some eggs to hurl at the candidates when they started talking bullshit, or turned it into some kind of x-factor phone in competition, called it the D-Factor. It just wasn’t long enough and at times it felt like no one had enough time to say what they wanted, one debate was and is not enough let us hope that the anti-austerity message got through in time, even if it hasn’t – I think some serious questions need to be raised about the state of our democracy.