Watching the live coverage of the “challengers’ debate” on the B.B.C. yesterday was just a little bit depressing. I only came into it to watch the last twenty minutes, but the tactic seems to have become disparaging your opposition for 99% of the time, & making vague promises to “working people” for 1% of the time. There were four leftwing proponents on stage, who seem to have taken for granted that conservatism and lowering the budget of the central government were idiotic, outdated, laughable ideas, when, depending on the election and the poll, 55-60% of the country disagrees with them. Maybe Farage‘s contention that the audience were handpicked was true. / Now, I understand that this sort of badmouthing is not a new phenomenon; even Disraeli was partial to a bit o’ banter; upon being told by his opposition Gladstone that he would likely die at the gallows or of the pox, he replied:
That depends, sir, upon whether I embrace your principles or your mistress.
But I do think it’s gone a bit too far. / Also, I usually enjoy political debate regardless, but with two leftist separatist parties on the stand, one climate change maniac, & one selfprofessed-socialist bandwagon high jump champion, it was a really masturbatory thing to witness. / Watching Farage‘s confused and bored and slightly disgusted face as they attempted to out-progressive each other was priceless.