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Reaction to the leaders' debate

Some of the parties give their first reaction to how Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Nick Clegg did in the second prime ministerial TV debate.


I think you have to look at the record that those politicians have on their job in office, of actually having made a difference, to make people's lives easier. We see train prices and bus prices going up all the time.

The Green Party thinks we need to be regulating buses and renationalising the railways and that's where our public transport money should be going. In terms of renewable energy we're way behind other countries.

We need to be insulating people's homes, setting up a programme for doing that. And one thing that was totally missing from the debate, is the fact that we need to be localising our economy.

If we were producing far more of our foods, far more of our manufactured goods in this country again, we'd actually be creating jobs as well as tackling climate change. We have to look at the record of the others on the economy as well as on the environment, and on both counts they are not tackling climate change seriously."


Where's the choice? Where's the change when the three Westminster leaders tonight, Cameron, Brown and Clegg, were as one in their support for continuing a war in Afghanistan - a war with no end in sight and which has cost us dearly in lives and in funds?

The three were as one in refusing to give our older people a pension they can live on and the care they deserve; as one in underestimating the scale of the climate change challenge; as one in refusing to scrap Trident.

This was a leaders' debate with no real debate and precious little sign of the leadership that people are crying out for.


There was no debate about Europe, all these people are thoroughly committed to the European Union.

There wasn't anybody there suggesting we should remove ourselves from the European Union. On the question on the war in Afghanistan, they are all in favour of the war in Afghanistan. We shouldn't be there.

I have my issues, my party has issues with the Islamic community in this country, but we don't believe in invading Islamic countries and forcing western ideals upon them. It is an outrage.


Is that it? Is all we're going to have a 10-minute debate on the European Union? A 10-minute debate in the entire general election campaign about the institution that now makes 75% of our laws.

And what we saw was total agreement that we must be part of the European Union. And frankly, I feel that for a party like UKIP to come second in the European elections last year and to have had no input into that programme means we have not had a proper debate about the European Union in this election campaign.


A hung parliament may not down just to these three parties that were in the debate tonight. We have good examples in Scotland, where the SNP of course forms the government, of working in a balanced parliament situation.

It means that can you make better decisions with consensus across the parties. If people in Scotland want to avoid the exclusion of Scottish interest which we saw on display again tonight, the only mention of Scotland came once when the prime minister talked about the weather, that is simply not good enough.

And if people in Scotland want Scotland to be a priority in the next parliament, it's a reason to vote SNP because the three London parties will just forget you.


The result of the leaders from the British Lib-Lab-Con debate is a "no score" draw for England - still no, English Agenda from any of these three leaders of British Political Parties - only the English Democrats represent England.

No acknowledgement that the promises by all these parties for a referendum on the European Union have been broken - why do they not trust the democratic will of the English people?

No acknowledgement of the £33bn that goes from English taxpayers each year part of which gives Scottish elderly people free residential care in Scotland - why not in England?

Roll on a hung parliament with representatives from the English Democrats to stand up for England, like the SNP stand up for Scotland.


What you saw tonight is Gordon Brown very strongly setting out that he thinks the biggest problem facing this country, and the biggest task for the future government, is to secure the economic recovery and I think that he set out very clearly how he'd do that.

And I don't know what is meant by David Cameron upping his game, but if he can't answer the questions on how you secure the recovery and protect jobs, then that is absolutely fundamental.


Both Labour and the Conservatives were desperate to land a knockout blow on Nick Clegg after the tremendous performance last week. And they failed.

And we can see that Nick communicated very directly the sort of real change which we need in the country, not just the false red-blue, red-blue alternation we've had over 65 years and which has landed us in the mess we're in today. The polls confirm it. Two of the three polls, he won.


I thought what I saw tonight was David speaking with passion and conviction and showing leadership, and telling the country, showing the country that actually we can change things, and that now the country, given the problems it faces, knows there is someone ready to be prime minister in two weeks' time, ready to lead his country out of a mess that is in at the moment.

I think it is good news for the country and the Conservative Party showed tonight that we're the real change and we are ready to lead the country forward.

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