The Leaders’ Debate underlined our political decay

‘It was a historic moment’, said shouty newsreader Alastair Stewart, at the end of a debate that felt stubbornly unhistoric. Last night, for the first time in British history, the main party leaders – Labour’s Gordon Brown, the Tories’ David Cameron and the Lib Dems’ Nick Clegg – went head-to-head in a TV studio, precisely, and ironically, at a time when the political parties have little of substance or interest to say. But the debate did, inevitably, provide a snapshot of the derelict state of contemporary politics. Here are five at least semi-notable things it highlighted.

That was Brendan O’Neill writing in Spiked.  O’Neill goes on to set out his five interesting things that firmly underline the vacuous nature of British politics today as exposed by The Leaders’ Debate: Clegg becomes king by default, Politics is drained of all substance, Performance trumps conviction, The media write the narrative and The public is patronised.

It really is an incisive must read for those who want to maintain an objective view of the state of representative democracy in Britain today.  Despite the criticism hurled in O’Neill’s direction on a frequent basis, many of his musings on the state of our politics at any rate, are on the money.

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2 Responses to “The Leaders’ Debate underlined our political decay”


  1. 1 Sinjun 16/04/2010 at 5:57 pm

    Thanks for pointing this one out!

  2. 2 jameshigham 17/04/2010 at 5:55 am

    The Leaders’ Debate: Clegg becomes king by default, Politics is drained of all substance, Performance trumps conviction, The media write the narrative and The public is patronised.

    That sums it up nicely, AM. The notion that Clegg’s party has anything to offer is not borne out by a simple reading of its manifesto.


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