The First Election Debate 2010 – Live

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We knew this would come, one day. The Americans do it every Presidential election; it was only a matter of time before we nicked it. Last night was the first ever British Election Debate (The acronym is BED. Ha). It was battled out by Gordon Brown of Labour; David Cameron of the Conservatives; and Nick Clegg of the Liberal Democrats. But which is better? There’s only one way to find out.let’s answer questions about stuff we already know about!

Well, those of us who actually read the manifesto’s. Truthfully, I didn’t, I just read the BBC’s “At-A-Glance” stories of all three and for me, the Lib Dems came out with the stronger manifesto, with the Conservatives concentrating on belittling the past 13 years of Labour government, and Labour just stating pretty much what we knew already i.e. the Lib Dem manifesto.

That set the tone for the night’s debate. Clegg came out with some good points about what he wanted to do if he was Prime Minister, he was the most interesting to listen to as he actually had some decent things to say. Brown did well in my book by not doing his usual stick of reeling off countless statistics until it makes your head burst. And then we have Cameron. The less said about his efforts the better, but I will go into detail about them soon enough.

The main focus of the night was to argue policies between the three of them, and see who came out on top. Clegg won the night comfortably, it’s just a shame that he’s too irritating for me to listen to, but what he had to say was relevant and important. Brown went as far as to give himself his own brand new catchphrase “I agree with Nick.” If one of Labour’s policies was that every time a member of the Labour Party says something in accordance with the Liberals, we’d all be millionaires, because that’s generally what he did. When he answered the questions he did well, but when it moved to the debate between the three, he simply forgot all his points and copied Clegg, that was his downfall. And then we have Cameron.

What Cameron did wrong was that he was basking in his own glory before the whole thing started. That irreversible smug look he has was there from the off, but it gradually deteriorated as the debate moved forward – from smug, pompous Eton graduate to a fox caught in the headlines, purely thanks to this. He had no policies to show off. Let’s review.

A question came from Jacqueline from Burnley about crime, each candidate had a minute to answer the question, and Cameron spent 30 seconds of which saying how good the question was, thanking her for taking her time to think that through thoroughly alliteration if ever I saw one). He then told us of a headline about this place he went to “the other day”, and mocked something Labour did. By the way, it seems important to know that “the other day”, Cameron went to an NHS hospital, a house that had been burgled and subsequently burned and numerous schools. Having said that, I’m sure Jeeves, his Butler-come-Pilot, could’ve flown his Private Jet to and from these places for him. His cringe worthy efforts to show that he is the youngest of the three, the one who’s more “down with the kids” than the other two, he failed miserably. As Russell Howard on “Mock the Week” said, he’s trying to be that science teacher that tries to be cool, but it never really works. Oh, and he did his best to throw in some song titles into his speeches too, to get the youngsters on his side. “Come Together” by The Beatles and “We’re All in This Together” from High School Musical (sorry, David, we all know your secret now).

In short, the debate was interesting, full of interesting points from two of the candidates, and though it kills me to say it, Clegg won that one. Now, we look forward to Tuesday night, to see whether the Welsh equivalent can offer a just as interesting debate as this one. Personally, I’m hoping for fireworks.


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