forget for a moment his own political agenda on behalf of the Lib Dems, Paddy Ashdown has a point in reminding UK electorate that the tory electoral strategy of attacking the possibility of a Labour/SNP formal or loose alliance in the event of no party gaining a ruling majority in the General Election on May 7th is, in part, a ruse to distract from an alternative possibility – 5 more years of tory government in coaltion with UKIP and the Ulster Unionist parties
come election time, politicians promise voters the earth in exchange for their votes
it is common for opposing parties to scrutinize each other’s promises, ready to attack if those promises have not been properly costed
parties are generally careful then to specify how they propose to raise the money to fund their promises,e.g., a new tax, an increase in an existing tax, making savings by cutting expenditure on certain services
It seems to be common in many countries that as soon as a TV crew begin interviewing someone in the street, some eejit will pop up behind him and try to get himself on TV – Keep an eye on the blue door !
Hang on a mo, I think I know that Pirate ?
The Director General of the BBC, George Entwistle, has resigned after being skewered in an interview with John Humphreys – an interview that revealed the head of the BBC to be a man too busy to keep up with what is happening in the world or his own organisation by reading newspapers or following events on social media sites like twitter. When every man and his dog (well me, anyway) knew that Newsnight was about to broadcast a program alleging the involvement of a senior politician of the Thatcher era in the sexual abuse of children at . . .
Cynical auld buggers like myself have long since stopped taking anything a politician says seriously. The UK Labour Party leader, Ed Miliband, however, set a new low in waffling when he gave virtually the same answer to every question he was asked by a BBC reporter
I heard two interviews on this morning’s Radio 5 breakfast programme that made me smile.
The first was with George Osborne – wanabee Chancellor of the Exchequer.
You get used to politicians evading the issue and dodging awkward lines of questioning, they all do it, and to some extent they all have to do it. It’s all part of the game, and there are ways and means of doing it that seasoned pro politicians can carry off beautifully.
But this character… he was absolutly clueless.
OK, he managed to skirt round the issues and questions that Nicky Campbell put to him, but in such an amateur and hamfisted way that I was gobsmacked. He ‘ummmed’, he ‘errrrrmed’, and he generally bumbled and farted about. I could almost imagine him staring at his feet and shuffling nervously in his seat, as would a schoolboy (Etonian, naturally) up in front of the Headmaster. After all this unprofessional waffling, he then resorted to trotting out a couple of carefully prepared lines that appeared to have been learnt ‘parrot fashion’.
Do I fancy the idea of this chap as the next chancellor? No, I do not.
I’m not that keen on the eejit that we’ve currently got, but at least he can act out his role in a professional manner.
The second interview was about 30 minutes later, with Paul Gambaccini, talking about Radio2.
He spoke from the heart, he spoke with passion, and boy! …..did he lay into Russell Brand. If you manage to catch this interview on a podcast or on the beeb’s i-player, then do so.