In watching this general election closely a few things have sprung out at me, some by their absence and others by their over exposure.
The absence of leaders coming anywhere close to the real public has been a stand out. Mostly, apart from Nicola Sturgeon as the obvious exception, none of the political leaders have dared to meet the public face to face, and God forbid they should ever be subjected to real people with real questions.
The absence of these leaders getting a real grilling from the press and media over their manifesto promises, and being forced to answer honestly is transparent.
Oh yes, they get asked about their uncosted proposals, but they are let off the hook far too easily and allowed to waffle on about something else entirely. They are not told….Answer for yourselves properly or we will just assume that you have total disregard for the electorate, and you are not worth wasting a vote on.
What we get plenty of, is the spiel they want to regurgitate over and over again..
Ask Jim Murphy or any other Labour MP a question…and they will totally ignore the question, and answer along the following lines….. SNP BAD, SNP very bad, SNP awful, Dont vote SNP vote labour otherwise you get Tory….and Tory is the unmentionable, which we really detest, except if its the SNP…they are the baddest of the bad, and if you vote them, we Labour will just have to side with the Tory.
When it comes to questioning the SNP, the SNP try to answer the questions, but as soon as they start to do that, they are immediately interrupted with an interruption, generally for a BBC presenter, and as such never get to actually say much at all without a real fight.
No NO NO says the BBC presenter, newscaster, journalist….What the SNP has in its manifesto, which they will unfortunately try to deliver on, is not what should be heard.
What the BBC presenter wants to know, and will not stop banging on about, is when will the SNP force another referendum? Tomorrow? Next Week? In the next 5 years? When, when when when, they shrill….We have to know….IT IS THE BIG ISSUE!
Try as the SNP might, to say that this election is not about seeking a referendum, the BBC will not listen.
The BBC persist… Will you tell us if it will be in 2016 Holyrood manifesto?
They are told by the SNP….We haven’t even written that yet….this year we are focusing on the General Election….why can’t you get that you numpties.
But surely you must know if you are intending putting that into next year manifesto now?
How the SNP restrain themselves from strangling the irritants I sometimes wonder?
Why do the BBC not ask the other parties what they are putting in next years manifesto?
The only people trying to force another referendum right now, the only ones who even want to talk about another referendum are the Unionists parties who won the referendum… It is mind boggling! They just cannot shut up about having another one!
Anyway…. The BIG ISSUE….. finally takes a back seat today.
There will be no news whatsoever other than wall to wall coverage on all news channels about the birth of a new royal baby…. All other news is suspended…
I am away to drown myself in a bottle of Jura.