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Did Nick Clegg win the televised leaders debate?

By Dark Politricks

I have just watched the first UK televised debate between the three leaders of the main political parties and from the first reports in from pollsters and commentators it seems that the Lib Dem’s Nick Clegg “won” the debate. This is obviously good news for the Lib Dem’s and it follows the earlier debate between the potential chancellors that saw the peoples favourite Vince Cable win by a clear margin.

Everyone seems to think that because the Lib Dem’s are the third party that they have been given a boost purely because they were given equal billing with the two main parties. However seeing that in the last election one in four votes cast actually went to the Lib Dem’s I find the argument that their party is a nonentity quite dismaying as its only our first past the post electoral system that keeps it this way.

I think if people would choose their vote purely on policy then parties such the Lib Dem’s, the Greens, UKIP and other smaller parties would get much more of the vote. There isn’t a party that I can identify with 100% but when I look at the Lib Dem’s manifesto it seems much more attractive than Labour or the Tories:

  • Introduce a Freedom Bill to protect civil liberties and roll back the high tech surveilence state
  • Save money by scrapping the ID card scheme, Trident, reforming public sector pensions and removing tax loopholes
  • Reform and simplify the tax system so the poorest pay less and the rich pay more. No tax on the first £10k for everyone which would give the average worker an extra £750 a year.
  • Reform the political system to bring in an elected House of Lords and make it easier to sack corrupt MP’s.
  • Break up the banks so that we never have to bail them out again. Splitting the huge banks into high street lenders and casino style risk takers is not a new idea. The Americans did it after the Great Depression with the Glass Steagall Act and its repeal in the 90’s is seen by many as partially to blame for the recent banking crisis.
  • Stimulate growth by investing in the new green economy. We don’t make much any more in the UK but we are good at specialising and manufacturing niche and high tech products. Whether you agree with the science or not there is a growing demand for more energy efficient and environmentally friendly technology. We need to get in on the action early and invest in the types of R&D that the UK is world renowned for.

These are not far out wacky ideas and unlike the other two main parties the Lib Dem’s have attempted to cost every single pledge in their manifesto as well as providing more detail than the other two on the areas of government spending they will cut to help reduce the deficit.

So their policies are sensible, they have plans to reform our banking and political systems both of which need a major overhaul and they care enough about civil liberties to actually repeal previous laws. They gained a lot of kudos with the public for sticking with their principles and voting against the Iraq war and with Vince Cable, Chris Huhne and Ed Davey they have three very personable and respectable front bench spokesmen that know what they are talking about. Add to that their leader Nick Clegg who has really shone in the last week of daily press conferences and tonights live debate and we have a party that is all there but just waiting to be given a chance by the public.

Hopefully this evenings debate and the follow ups will help show this to those parts of the public who only see the choice in front of them as a two horse race. It will be interesting to see tomorrows opinion polls and whether they reflect the perceived majority opinion that Nick came out of tonights political knockabout very well.

In my own poll the Lib Dem’s are leading the pack by a few percent followed by the Tories and then those that are planning to either spoil their ballot paper or not even vote. It’s also very interesting to note that currently Labour come last with a piddly few percent behind UKIP, the Greens and even the BNP. If you haven’t done so already I would appreciate it if those of you who are eligible to vote in the upcoming general election could take a couple of seconds to let me know how you are are planning to vote in the upcoming election.


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