The papers are full of the aftermath of the leaders debate, the magnificent seven is a regular headline – although I would like to question the term “magnificent” certainly when you’re talking about Nigel Garage!
So what did we learn from our evening in front of ITV ? * The first evening I have watch that channel for more years than I can to remember – they have never have anything worth watching!!
I think we learnt that 7 people attempting to discuss the future of politics is a little too many. We learnt that David Cameron is as slippery and deceitful as we always imagined he was. That Nick Clegg is seriously regretting the decision to be a Tory doormat for the last 5 years and not unsurprisingly Nigel Garage is a deeply unpleasant and vile little man!
So no big news there really! But I did learn something else – that Nicola Sturgeon is a very reasonable sounding person, who appears to understand national politics in a way that Alex Salmond never did! Whilst I am no great fan of Scottish independence (I’m a great believer in taking our problems together – equally – fairly – not matter where in the country you live!) I can see that had Mr Salmond given up and left the SNP before the September vote – the outcome would have been very different!
And sadly but not the least surprisingly we were reminded that in politics it is what a woman looks like and what she wears that are important, not what she stands for or what she has to say! The stream of tweets referring to the “sexy” leader of Plaid Cymru, the comments about Nicola Sturgeon’s shoes, and the constant references to the poor sartorial turn out of Natalie Bennett. Why? Why does it matter? Why in this day and age is the world still so obsessed about what women look like? I don’t give a shit about tartan shoes, or someone’s perfect hair do or what suit a person has chosen….and neither should you! Listen to what they have to say – listen to their plans for your future and if you disagree with it then don’t vote for them – but don’t be a Katie Hopkins about it and decide their ability on their choice of clothes!
These 3 women took on the power of Westminster, the hundreds of years of misogyny and oppression, and they soundly beat the leaders of the 3 main parties (and the disgrace that is UKIP) They were intelligent, mindful and eloquent. They made their points with being insulting to their fellow leaders and without resorting to the usual mudslinging! And what they had to say made a lot of sense!
So please – for my children and yours – listen to the words not look at the pictures! Take on board what people are offering not the label in their jacket!
As someone else far cleverer than me quoted on the day – The men on that stage wanted power – the women wanted change!
So think about that before you make a mark on your ballot paper!
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