Friday, 3 April 2015
Winners and Losers
Did you watch the TV debate last night? I still can’t decide if it was the over-rehearsed performances or the tightly scripted words from most participants that annoyed me. Farage and the Salesman were the only two who didn’t appear to refer to notes, but they have the advantage of more years of public speaking.
The media this morning all have differing poll results with the Scotsman favouring Nicola Sturgeon, RTE reporting there were no winners, The Telegraph’s 'experts’ say Ms Sturgeon left the others well behind and the Daily Mail’s headline is ‘Cameron dodges a bullet’.
Ed Miliband thought this was his chance to show he is No 10 material. He failed. Between some rather amusing efforts to stare into the camera, in the hope we would believe his every word, and looking like a startled rabbit caught in headlights on many other occasions, I cringed when his summing up involved the words ‘If I’m Prime Minister’. Heaven help us if that happens.
Nicola Sturgeon was well received by the English audience it seems. Her performance was slick but it concerns me that she believes we need to increase benefits. Her proposal to increase the capping allowance of £26,500 is frightening. Where will she find the money to do this other than raise taxes on people who earn more than the national average. If Scotland did become independent this type of policy would discourage the brightest from staying here or coming here. Many people who earn more than the average have worked very hard to achieve their goals, why punish them?
What can I say about Nick Clegg? Nothing really.
The Green Woman’s policies are fairytales. ‘Vote for change’ she pleaded. Anytime she spoke she sounded pleading. Poor soul.
Miss Wood, the leader of Plaid Cymru, wasn’t at all bad. Although she stuck very firmly to her script, she did fight her corner for Wales.
Nigel Farage was ‘naughty’ to have mentioned health tourism. How left-wingers detest the truth. Health tourism isn’t a problem in Scotland as far as I know, but in various parts of England it is a serious problem. I have several friends who work in the English NHS. The stories they tell of relatives of British citizens coming here for cancer and other very expensive treatments are not just one or two examples. I’m informed that quite a few of these ‘tourists’ could well afford to pay for their treatment but they know they won’t be charged in the UK. If they travelled to the US, Canada or many other countries they would have to pay upfront. It’s well know throughout the civilised world that the UK will provide free health care to anyone who manages to get into this country.
How did the Salesman do? As our current Prime Minister he performed as expected, but I lost interest when he insisted we care for our military veterans. That’s nonsense and he knows it. Far too many of our veterans are homeless.
Apart from Nigel Farage, the other leaders support the EU. The question ‘Why?’ didn’t arise. If it had then we may have learned a little.
On a lighter note, wasn’t the make-up dreadful?