April 1st has come early this year. Or at least it would seem, based on the foolish behaviour of Britain’s main broadcasters.
It seems that these puffed-up arbiters of what or who represents politics in the United Kingdom have decided that they will invite seven party leaders to two TV debates, during the upcoming General Election and if any party refuses then there podium will bear an empty seat. This threat is an apparent attempt to force the Conservatives to attend as until now they have questioned the format and attendees.
Really! Who do these broadcasters think they are? Who elected them!
Consider for a moment who they have selected to attend.
Conservatives 36.1% in 2010 General Election (307 parliamentary seats)
Labour 29% (258)
Liberal Democrats 23% (57)
Scottish Nationalists 1.7% (6)
Greens 1% (1)
Plaid Cymru 0.6% (3)
UKIP 3.1% (0)
Now consider who they haven’t invited.
British National Party 1.9% (0)
Democratic Unionist Party 0.6% (8)
Sinn Fein 0.6% (5)
The Scottish Nationalists and Plaid Cymru only put-up candidates in their home territories and their agenda is a national rather than UK one. And yet they will be invited to attend. Not so though, Ulster’s DUP or terrorist front-men, Sinn Fein.
As foul as their policies are, using the warped criteria of the BBC and ITV, shouldn’t the overtly racist British National Party get a seat at the table?
The reality is that the only debates that matter, will be those between Conservative leader, David Cameron and Labour leader, Ed Miliband. There just might be an argument for having Nigel Farage in the room as well, given the current opinion polling position of UKIP and the UKIP successes in recent local and European elections (though my personal opinion is he should not be invited) but certainly none of the others should participate.
To include the others is political pandering. The BBC and other main stream media have got it into their heads that the SNP will be the king-makers in the next parliament – they will hold the balance of power.
The SNP have stated that they will not form any kind of coalition with the Conservatives. So that would just leave them with Labour. The same Labour that they are apparently set to destroy, in Scotland – the very success that makes them a kingmaker comes at the expense of Labour, the only party that they will do a deal with!
Proponents of these debates suggest that this is a means to aid the democratic process. That is complete rubbish. Some things that will be apparent from the debates are;
Labour will not be sufficiently pressed on its Tax, Borrow and Spend policies and exactly how their wild plans can be funded. In any all-encompassing debate, Labour’s ruinous policies will be supported by the Lib Dems, SNP, Greens, Plaid Cymru and maybe even UKIP who are desperately chasing the working class vote and those of Labour’s client class in local government, the civil service and public sector unions.
Nigel Farage and UKIP will be shown to be isolated on Europe and EU membership because all of the other parties, save perhaps the Conservatives, are openly pro-EU (The EU just adores small parties – all the better to more effectively peddle influence to). The Conservatives have promised a referendum and such has been opposed by all of the other parties, except UKIP.
No one will have the courage to mention the need to curtail the NHS budget. All of the serious politicians know that the NHS is a financial black hole – you could feed it the whole of the country’s gross domestic product and it still wouldn’t be enough. You can feed it your babies and you elderly but the beast will never be satisfied. But no one will say that.
Immigration will be mentioned but again, only UKIP will have the courage to say what most British people think. Britain is being swamped by immigrants. What UKIP won’t say though, is that the cause of this is two-fold. The complete relaxation of immigration controls, brought in during Labour’s 13 years of mis-rule in 1997 to 2010 and the soft welfare policies that makes the UK an attractive destination and at the same time, provides absolutely no incentive for the native work-shy Briton to come off of benefits and take-up work.
Only the Conservatives will put forward any kind of policy that recognises the need to exploit, using fracking, the shale resources that the UK enjoys. The Greens and all the other ‘band-waggon’ jumpers-on will be allowed to get away with downright lies about fracking, because the other parties and the media organisations, simply can’t be bothered to investigate and develop coherent policies. The Green ‘Watermelons’ after all, are as red inside as Labour, SNP, PC, LD etc.
David Cameron and the Conservatives must refuse to take part in the proposed debates. The proposals are farcical and represent a debasement of democracy. They should be joined, in making this stand, by Labour and Ed Miliband.
The winners from these debates though will be the smaller parties who will carefully craft their responses such that the cost of their idiocies is concealed from the British public and they won’t be effectively challenged because the heavyweight Conservatives and Labour will have been told, by their respective media advisors, that it would be counter-productive to act as the Goliath to the Green or SNP or PC, etc., David.