The Leaders Debate

Rabbie Burns wrote;

Oh wad some Power the giftie gie us

To see oursels as ithers see us!

Perhaps those that participated in last night’s seven way leaders’ debate should think on this and look at themselves though others eyes. Two of the three main parties, Labour and the Tories are claiming victory but from where I was sitting neither of them outshone the other. In football parlance it was a no score draw.

In alphabetical order:

Natalie Bennett

Did okay but was clearly nervous and looked out of her depth, especially early on.  Didn’t, for me at least, make enough of the environment; earnest and worthy but no real stand out moments. Got better in the second half as she relaxed and warmed to her subject. Obviously disgusted with the UKIP leader.

David Cameron

Same old, same old, it’s all the labour party’s fault, stick with me and it’ll be alright on the night. The only shiny thing was his forehead which I am convinced is botoxed. When challenged from the floor about war veterans living on the streets cited charities will help out. Surely that’s the governments’ job? No obvious blunders. All a bit bland.

Nick Clegg

Poor Nick, going for the sympathy vote, he spent most of the debate trying to separate himself from the coalition. No “I agree with Nick” moments. He claimed to have ameliorated the worst of the Conservatives excesses but largely unconvincing. Try as he might he is now inextricably linked with the Tory Party.

Nigel Farage

It’s all Europe and immigration’s fault, his only answer to any question. Enough said.

Ed Miliband

Better than expected, no serious gaffs. Did his best to look like a future leader, moderately successfully but clearly still struggles to connect with Joe/Josephine public. Best line of attack on the coalition and the Tories was the line about looking forward not backwards as Cameron appeared to do on every occasion. Must have been delighted no one asked him about a hung parliament.

Nicola Sturgeon

By far the best performer on the night. Her dismissal of Farage after his “Hadrians Wall” comment was like a school teacher berating an unruly child. Priceless.  Supportive of both Leanne Wood and Natalie Bennett against the old boys club, very positive “vote for something different, better and progressive.” She will have made many friends in old Labour seats in England.

Leanne Wood

Worthy, Welsh and a woman, shaky opening but like Natalie Bennett grew in stature throughout the debate.  Caring and compassionate, batting for Wales, told Farage he should be ashamed of himself, probably the biggest cheer on the night.

So in summary, the Presenter, Snow White, did very well.  We had only six dwarfs however and Nicola Sturgeon came across as the shortest giant on the planet.

My work background is in operational meteorology and in my career I have been involved in forecasting for everything from bananas to jumbo jets.I joined the Met Office 1974 as an observer at Glasgow Airport. After training as a forecaster, I worked as an Operational aviation forecaster at various defence sites and airports. In 1982, I moved to Glasgow Weather Centre as a forecaster and STV broadcaster till 1988. He then took up a post as Senior Forecaster London Weather Centre, then Senior Forecaster ITV where I qualified as a trainer in presentation techniques for the ITV Association. After being diagnosed with MS, he moved into management and became Head of London Weather Centre in 1997 followed by a period of front-line management for Southern England and Europe covering London and Cardiff Weather Centres and the Met Offices on defence stations from Akrotiri in Cyprus to St Mawgan in Cornwall. He took up the post of Met Office Chief Advisor for Scotland & Northern Ireland in March 2008 and moved to Edinburgh. I retired in September 2014. My one claim to fame is once performed a comedy sketch on TV with Manuel (Andrew Sachs) from Fawlty Towers in support of Comic Relief.

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