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Saturday 28 March 2015

Paxton, Miliband & Cameron

Much has been said about the ex Newsnight presenter's questioning of the forthcoming election's main protagonists at the first televised 'debate' last Thursday. How many people, like me, were frankly disappointed that Paxton didn't do better. 'How many food banks are there in Britain today?' and 'could you survive on a zero hours contract?' are questions most likely to be posed by those voters at the lower levels of society but offer no new insights into Tory policy.
Miliband faced similar questioning on his 'geekiness' and backstabbing of his brother. Paxman should have challenged the Labour Party's leader on its past record and why should the public trust him. Since WW2, each time the Labour Party have been in power the country has been close to bankrupt and since its inception unemployment has been higher when they left power than before. There was no mention of Labour's paymasters, the Unions. Why was Miliband not pressed on a future Socialist Government legislating to an agenda not set on the Nation's interests but the Unions. Once in power, will Miliband open the door to more immigrants and turn the UK into a Communist state as longed for by his immigrant, Leninist/Trotskyist father.
Cameron should have been pressed on the influence of those institutions that really determine the health of the Nation; the Banks and other financial entities such as hedge funds. Capitalism is failing as a system due to natural greed leading to a polarisation between those who have and those who haven't. What is he going to do to make sure that there is better equality in the remuneration  between a doctor, say, and a relatively uneducated stock trader with seven figure bonuses. What is he going to do about the disparity in wealth between a family that owns a semi-detached house in London worth two million quid and a family that owns a similar house in Burnley worth sixty thousand? What does he think about the fact that soon most of London will be owned by foreigners and is this desirable?
Depressingly, I suppose that the level of questioning was aimed at those voters described as working class, those that represent the majority of the electorate, and therefore posed at a level that they could relate to. I further suppose that this will be the format for the rest of the hustings and wonder, if like the capitalist paradigm we need a better system to achieve a form of Government that truly looks after the interests of all people.

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