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Give all political parties equal billing during elections

By Dark Politricks

Alex Salmond, the leader of the Scottish National Party has launched an urgent appeal for a £50,000 “fighting fund” after the BBC refused to allow the Scottish National party leader a place in the televised election debates and he is hoping to force the broadcaster to show an extra national debate in which the three main British parties appear alongside the national parties from Scotland and Wales.

Mr Salmond said:

“Sky, as opposed to other broadcasters, is broadcasting its debate across the UK and giving it the same billing as the English debates. We are in an extraordinary situation where the BBC is carving the debates up with the London parties.”

I have just watched the Sky debate in Scotland in which Alex performed very well. The Labour politician who appeared, the soft spoken Jim Murphy was a total sop who had no answer to the questions thrown at him about civil liberties. This was the first time I had heard any proper mention of the police state Labour has brought into existence and I was itching for some form of explanation for the erosion of rights and enactment of laws that have severely reduced our rights.

He wants to extend the national DNA database to include more innocent people so that the Scottish database is more inline with the illegal English database and his defence to the claim that it erodes civil liberties was that the government had the duty to use whatever technology to keep the public safe. Therefore following his logic it won’t be too long until every citizen is forced to wear GPS monitoring devices so that they can have their whereabouts logged 24/7 just in case a crime is committed. The technology is already there..

The Lib Dem spokesman Alistair Carmichael asked why the anti terrorism laws were constantly being abused by the Labour party and referred to the OAP protester arrested for daring to heckle anti war statements at a previous Labour conference. I really wanted to hear an answer to that question but dopey Jims mouth never moved.

The debates have certainly made this election more interesting especially seeing that we haven’t had any of the theatrics on the road that previous elections have. I would dearly love to see Prescott punch another bystander but instead I will have to make do with televised verbal assaults during the debates.

To be honest I feel for the SNP as its plainly obvious from the recent surge in support for the Lib Dem’s that the televised leader debates have made a major difference in this election. If all parties contesting the election were given a fair crack of the whip in terms of air play on TV and coverage in the press then I wouldn’t be surprised if support was more evenly spread rather than the current situation where we have the Tories and Labour taking the majority with the Lib Dems battling for third place.

Being given equal billing on the leaders debates has proved that the British public when given an opportunity to think for themselves will do so. This just goes to show the power that the usual political propaganda has on the country when its force fed to the masses through the daily papers and the usual two party bias on TV.

I cannot imagine how a live televised debate with all parties being given equal footing would work as the last time I voted was for the European elections and my ballot paper contained at least 20 different political parties.

Maybe in this day and age of reality TV and instant phone voting that depends on how well the public relates to the personality rather than the policy we need a totally new way of running elections.

I think that instead of having a month of door step knocking and a few debates the leaders of all 30+ parties (maybe there is more?) in this country should be locked in the big brother house for a month with the public voting those politicians off who they don’t like. The only difference with the normal big brother would be that the only topic of conversation could be politics rather than the usual minutia and bullshit.

We have already had George Galloway prance around in a red leotard and purr like a cat in a bid to win over the younger voters (how did that work out for you George?) so why not throw Dave, Gordon, Nick, Alex and all the rest in as well. I can’t promise it would be good television but it would fit in with the culture of celebrity and reality TV that the public seems to lap up. Plus it would allow all parties to have equal billing.

I cannot think of a fairer way seeing that Alex’s SNP may be running the show in the Scottish Parliament but they only have a few seats at Westminster. If we were to give these two parties equal billing with Labour, Conservative and Lib Dem then why not the UKIP, BNP, Green and Monster Raving Loony party. Yes America we really do have a monster raving loony party over here.

If anyone can think of a fairer way to give all parties equal billing without banning the printing of newspapers for a month please let me know.

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