Friday, April 16th, 2010
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The "Great" British Debate


Britain's first-ever televised election debate between the leaders of its three major parties occurred last night, and the press is rather unanimous in declaring Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg the winner, mainly because nobody knows who he is so he started with low expectations. The easily excited British media is in full hyperventilation mode today, asserting that Clegg's strong performance and ability to not be the other two guys will result in a hung parliament, but it is early still: There are two more debates, which means there's plenty of time for Prime Minister Gordon Brown to savagely beat Conservative leader David Cameron with his own podium. (British betting firm Ladbroke's is listing that eventuality at 3-5 odds, making it slightly more likely than Cameron stabbing Brown with an extremely elegant knife that has been in his family for seven generations.) If you are at all interested in the debate itself, the extremely condensed version above will give you a fairly accurate feel of its flavor, but it is mostly rather depressing: The candidates are more or less adopting the tone and tactics of politicians from the televised talking point delivery shows in our own country. America has somehow managed to diminish hundreds of years of glorious parliamentary debate simply by the power of example. Yay us!

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jfruh (#713)

Cameron stabbing Brown with an extremely elegant knife that has been in his family for seven generations

OH BALK NEVER STOP WITH THE KNIFECRIME ISLAND NEWS

Ribs (#2,690)

At least Gordy-B was able to get his planned zingers in there. And his post-sentences mouth inhales.

shaunr (#726)

"I refer the honourable gentleman to my familiarity with the slain President from some decades ago".

petejayhawk (#1,249)

I laughed.

kneetoe (#1,881)

How could they not have had a televised debate until now??? Oh, right, the BBC is their only station, and it was all booked up.

sailor (#396)

Excerpt wasn't condensed enough. Wankers all.

hman (#53)

Red, blue, and…yellow?

illinB (#107)

my vote: Batchelor #3

LondonLee (#922)

I was very depressed to see items on the front page of The Guardian website about who "won" the debate with instant polling and all that nonsense.

Alex Balk (#4)

Peter Snow must be rolling over in his grave. I mean, if he's dead.

Louis Fyne (#2,066)

best twitter comment: I was talking to a black chef in an empty hospital in Bristol who'd been burgled 50 time by a corrupt MP

And godbless the British lack of ennui towards televised debate – I have already had spirited conversations with my grocer and dry cleaner…

davidwatts (#72)

This honestly was the most interesting part, to me. Listened on the BBC to interviews with people who had watched it, and they had, like, paid close attention! And developed opinions on the content of the candidates' answers! Amazing!

pufflehuff (#1,850)

It was all about the "40-year-old black man" Cameron had met [SHUDDERED when he said that in his posh voice], who'd been in the Navy for 30 years, and was concerned by immigration. Right.

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