The First Live Televised Debate: Dumb and Dumber

Apparently the first debate turned out to be a showcase for the Lib Dems as Clegg managed to tell people what they wanted to hear. Yes, that is all he did. I cannot recall a single question answered without him saying something like ‘these two’, ‘these politicians’, ‘these lot’ and so on. I found his negative response to questions and taking a moral high ground a major turn off. I suspect that he mostly impressed the anarchists amongst us.

What’s more, I cannot recall Clegg outlining a single concrete policy about how people’s grievances would be addressed. For instance, on immigration he merely talked about a regional initiative to spread immigrants around the country. How exactly is that going to work when we have unchecked illegal immigration let alone the knowledge of where each person is?! How is it even ‘fair’ to tell an immigrant where they should be allowed to live? Why not just put a cap on immigration to prevent us having to turn into an even more autocratic and bureaucratic-driven state?

Anyway, that’s just one policy area where they show lack of judgement. I’m sure you have more in mind. So half way through the debate I was turned off by a Clegg that played to the gallery, pretending to have all the questions answered while there is so much patchy areas in his own party’s policy.

It’s really telling that Brown seemed to agree with clueless Clegg so often throughout the debate…

More interestingly though, here’s the latest from Cameron and his take on the first debate:


3 thoughts on “The First Live Televised Debate: Dumb and Dumber

  1. You’re absolutely right. Clegg “won” the debate because it was the first time a 3rd party leader had been afforded the same “status” as the leaders of the 2 main parties. All he had to say was a “pox on both your houses” and he’d “win”. Thats all he did as you rightly say.

    But on election day, when the headlines on the majority of the papers plump for Cameron (which they will), and when the people actually digest liberal policies including; no cap on immigration, abolition of the pound sterling, “community service” rather than jail time for offenders and scrapping the nuclear deterrant we’ll put this “dead parrot” to rest once again ;P

  2. I think this is what is commonly called burying your head in the sand and hoping your bad dreams go away! The Lib Dem vote is real. During the first debate and ever since then, I have lost count of the amount of people that have never voted before but will vote Lib Dem in May, or will switch to the Lib Dems.

    Their chances are real. The likelyhood of a hung Parliament is real. People across the country are saying that they are fed up of Labour but don’t trust the Tories. They want real change.

    You may sneer at the Lib Dems, but if on Election Day the Conservatives find themselves on the opposition benches yet again (which is looking very likely), you may regret not taking the threat seriously. You may call him clueless, the electorate call him change.

    David Cameron is losing the battle. That YouTube link above proves that.

  3. On the regional initative for immigration, will it not direct immigration to where the skills are needed and where there are the resources for more migrants to be received? If the government “just put(s) a cap on immigration” how can it guarantee these immigrants are providing the skills needed for the UK economy without although using the Labour points based system? You speak of “prevent(ing) us having to turn into an even more autocratic and bureaucratic-driven state”, but also want “the knowledge of where each person is” – by which I assume you mean “each immigrant” – how can that possibly result in reduced bureaucracy and autocracy? Even in you mean “each illegal immigrant” the result would only be accentuated, besides if the intention was to deport every illegal immigrant in the UK we’re looking at 35 years and £4.7 billion to complete such a task as well as quite a hit to the economy. I wouldn’t say it’s worth the investment.

    You say Clegg didn’t outline “a single concrete policy about how people’s grievances would be addressed” but how many times did Cameron mention his “Big Society” idea, the apparent cornerstone of his plans for the future? Puts Cameron and Clegg about equal on that particular point.

    Overall, once people believe that the Liberal Democrats actually have a chance at victory the numbers who will vote for them will only multiply. I would not dismiss them so lightly.

    (Finally [on a side not]) Cameron appears to broadcasting from his back garden. I can’t think why. Reminds me of the time he ended up talking to us from the middle of a field, although in this case his plan is notably less eccentic.

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