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: