Tony Grist (poliphilo) wrote,
Tony Grist


No-one fell on their face. No-one triumphed. Here's how I thought they all did.

David Cameron: He seemed tired. He has the gravitas of office and a record to defend. What can he promise apart from more of the same? He didn't attempt to get us excited.

Ed Miliband: The camera doesn't love him. And he doesn't love the camera. You can see the cogs whirring before he decides to smile or turn his head. Full frontal he looks like a currant bun, in profile ( he should do this more often) he looks like a Roman emperor.) It's hard to pay attention to what he's saying when one's waiting for him to cross his eyes or trip over his laces.

Nick Clegg: Nick is still awfully good at this sort of thing. You might almost mistake him for one of us instead of one of them. But he's yesterday's man. His party are going to lose most of their seats- including (most probably) his own. It would have made no difference if his contributions had been replaced by a bar or two of soothing music. No-one agrees with him any more.

Nigel Farage: Farage is as odd-looking as Miliband but knows how to work the face. He's like a monkey on a stick. Whatever question he was asked he managed to work  his answer round to immigration.  It gets tired. And at times- when he started on foreigners with HIV- downright nasty.

Nicola Sturgeon: Alex Salmond was the most charismatic politician in Britain and now Nicola is. She's sharp, natty, and red as sunrise over the Clyde.  If the ScotNats have that extra fizz it's because they actually believe in something. She seems poised to turf Labour out of Scotland and if she does she'll be a power in Westminster as well. On last night's showing that seems like a throughly good idea. I wish I could vote for her.

Leanne Wood: Every so often this little voice piped up and talked about Wales. The Scots Nats are a power in the land, Plaid Cymru are barely a power in Wales. One wonders how they got a pass into this august assembly when none of the parties of Northern Ireland did.

Natalie Bennett: Natalie reminded us that there are things at stake apart from the economy and the NHS. Global warming and little furry animals for instance. For this reason she'd get my vote. She comes with a reputation for amateurism but she talked tough and looked hard.

But the main thing is there were seven of them.  Seven party leaders on stage together has never happened before. It signals a profound change in British politics: the end of the era of two (or lets be kind, three) party domination.

Seven podiums on a stage- each one lit a different colour- orange, purple, red, blue, yellow, two shades of green. It's going to be one of the iconic images of the 21st century...
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