I’m referring to the debacle of the ‘Leaders Debate’s on TV last night on BBC1. I switched off after the introductions and the the first ten minutes. They all talked at once, didn’t say anything of import, and generally acted unlike anyone who could potentially run this country.
Why anyone would want to enter the bear pit that is the political debating chamber is beyond me. The politicos who were on duty last night seemed to want to further their own cause by shouting louder than the previous, or in some cases, at the same time as another speaker. No wonder new and wavering voters don’t know who to vote for, they all seem as bad as one another. Whereas in the Blair/Brown era, who were Tories in red coats, there is at least more than a fag papers width between the two main parties today. Corbyn is a more left wing Labour leader than has been seen since the Wilson era, and May is moving the party more to the left as we watch the manifesto being unveiled. In my humble opinion I wish every ballot paper had ‘None of the above’ as a choice as well as the candidates from the political parties. I’m guessing ‘None’ could win the election. So then what? May’s vision of ‘strong, stable leadership, or Corbyn’s ‘For the many not the few’. Both have merit and downsides; May has only been in office 5 minutes and hasn’t won an election, hardly a long term experience level. Corbyn won the leadership almost by default because the other candidates were nonentities, or McDonald, and he’s never held a capital post in government, May has at least been home secretary. The others are also rans; the Lib Dems have had it, UKIP forget them and the Greens, well need one say more?
So what happens on 9th June? It’s going to be close, and will be a hung parliament in my opinion. There will be ‘talks’ between Labour and the SNP, but can anyone see that working? I thought not. So it will be the useless leading the under achieving and making a hash of it. If Corbyn does wrest power, his sincere demeanour will fool no-one, he has the potential to be dangerous and May will I think be found wanting in many areas, and despite the Strength mantra will not be as strong as we would like. The trouble is none of them actually listen to the electorate, they only hear what they want, and don’t take notice of ‘ordinary’ folk. So it will be interesting to see what horse trading and amalgamations take place over the weekend of 10/11th June, although they might not be needed. It always seems close in the run up to polling day, then things happen quickly changing what the outcome is; look at Blair’s landslide in 1997, predicted but not expected. Thatcher’s landslide in 1979 was expected because Callaghan’s reign collapsed amid three day weeks and power cuts. So who can tell? Personally I hope Corbyn and co don’t get in, but I’m not a true blue Tory flag waver either. They need to change their act to appeal across the board, so I think they are the least worse option. We could even go back to the days of 1974 when there were two elections in one year! Let’s see.