7 April 2010
I love election time and I've always enjoyed politics, even though I couldn't claim any knowledge or real intelligence on the subject. From observing and digesting the early debates however, I have come to a few conclusions...
* Any politician asked a question about their leader will respond with a criticism of the opposing party's leader.
* Few people will be scolded more heavily than those who state that they have chosen not to vote.
* A "none of the above" space among the choices would take the juvenile nature out of spoiled papers while maintaining, and indeed enhancing, the theory of protest voting.
* The ballot isn't secret and never has been.
* Gordon Brown, whom I find largely dreadful, would come close to getting my vote if he got rid of Harriet Harman right now. At the very least, he should tell her and Peter Hain to shut up and watch the telly for the next four weeks.
* The LibDems come close to getting my vote because of their wish to re-open a thousand miles' worth of abandoned railway tracks, though only if the one that goes past my village is among them.
* The Conservatives need to get Kenneth Clarke talking as much as possible.
* The leadership debates will be as dull as shit if the politicians aren't allowed to argue directly. It would do Brown good to be allowed to try to outwit David Cameron.
* The best way to make sure the BNP don't get the votes they hope for is to include them in the debate, not shut them out.
* The Daily Mirror and the Daily Mail are as bad as each other when it comes to snide and vacuous digs at their political adversaries. See also Brian Reade and Richard Littlejohn within each paper.
* Irrespective of your view of the 1980s regimes, the fact that Margaret Thatcher won three elections in a row suggests that the majority of people were content, at the very worst, with the political situation and so Labour claiming it is a black and white "bad" thing to "go back" there is a massive own goal.
* The LibDems are very lucky to have Vince Cable, and could do worse to get Charles Kennedy back in the foreground too.
* The election special of Have I Got News For You, undoubtedly planned for 10pm on May 6th, will not be as funny as the 1997 edition with the Hamiltons unless they can get Tony Blair or John Major on it.