Today in the UK all flights are grounded as a dark cloud spreads across the evening sky blotting out the light. We’re not talking about the Ash cloud eminating from an Icelandic volcanoe but the dark cloud of our first Television debate involving the Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Leader of the opposition David Cameron and another Public schoolboy representing the Lib Dems.
Of course Democratic debate in a “free” society is a wondeful thing but this stage managed farce with its pre-selected questions, chosen and pre-vetted audience and spin doctored performances will do nothing to enlighten and inform debate. In fact it will further stifle true discussion and replace it with endless microscopic analysis of our leaders “performance”, mannerisms and ticks.
Once upon a time in the U.K we thought we were above all this U.S inspired nonsense but now it can be truly said that Style has triumphed over substance.