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Blah blah blah?

Betsan Powys | 16:13 UK time, Thursday, 15 April 2010

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Plaid's response to tonight's Prime Ministerial Debate?

Blah Blah Blah.

Their advice? Don't bother watching.

All you'll see, they argue, are 76 contractual rules at work, 76 gagging clauses, "76 reasons to be sure that the three London leaders - Tweedle-dee, Tweedle-dum and Tweedle-who have nothing new to offer".

A change of tact here from Plaid?

Then again, if it is as much of a turn-off as Plaid Cymru clearly think it will be, who's to say that Tweedle-Ieu won't gain ground simply by not being there.

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  • 1. At 5:01pm on 15 Apr 2010, alfsplace1986 wrote:

    It will be interesting to see the viewing figures.

    Though I suppose if only one person watches, the official response will be millions watched the programme.

    None of them, including the broadcasters would want to admit to that embarrassing position, especialy after all the hype and money spent on it.

    There will be lies, Damn lies and manipulation.

    Will we fall for it. You can bet your bottom dollar we will.

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  • 2. At 6:00pm on 15 Apr 2010, Ian wrote:

    You can hardly blame Plaid for being a little bitter, after being cut out by the TV networks for this debate. You can't claim that it's about who will be Prime Minister, as Clegg has not a cat in hell's chance of getting there, with respect to him.

    Whichever way you spin it, the decision by the BBC to go along with the other two networks and make it effectively a three party Presidential debate, will be extremely detrimental to UK democracy in both Scotland and Wales. All three leaders will talk this evening about 'domestic' issues, most of which are devolved. In other words, they will debate issues relevant only to England and the huge audience boosted by the huge media build-up in Wales, will decide on who to vote for on irrelevant policies-cutting out Plaid Cymru altogether.

    The element I will find most nauseating will be when the TV networks talk up the 'Welsh' versions of their debates as some sort of sop to Plaid. These will have little or no media build-up, will probably be stuck in dead-end slots and will have a fraction of the audience of their UK/English variants. Of couse, the other parties will get two bites of the cherry by being on both.

    There can be no question that the 4 1/2 hours of live debate that Plaid's opponents get, will cost Plaid votes and quite possibly seats- where the vote is close. The BBC (EBC as it should be termed at least as far as its London HQ in involved) has chosen to break its code of objectivity in relation to Wales and Scotland, directly affecting the likely balance of seats.

    This has created a huge amount of bitterness within Plaid ranks and will certainly not help the BBC's position if in the future, they require political support from them. That may not matter much to Thompson and Dimbleby, but it will to their colleagues in Wales.

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  • 3. At 10:19pm on 15 Apr 2010, Alwyn Evans wrote:

    Well, I tried - honest I did - and I gave up. It really was blah blah blah all the way through, and boring,, predicatavble blah at that. Though I had a slight tendency to favour Nick Clegg, purely because he actually listened to audience members and tried to answer them, they really were much of a muchness. Let's hope Ieuan ( or Elfyn?!) will be better on Tuesday, when Plaid and SNP get some dregs of debating time. Whichever speaks, he can't be worse than these.

    What really horrifies me is the thought that one of these three (well, two, since Nick Clegg has as much chance of winning as he has of knocking out both Klitshkos) will have the responsiblity for dragging us out of the economic hole... and cutting carbon emissions, improving sustainable energy generation, fighting crime, managing immigration winning the war in Afghanistan (or getting out of there - infinitely preferable!) when the more you listen to them, the more you realise they haven't a clue.....

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  • 4. At 09:23am on 16 Apr 2010, Denno wrote:

    Alwyn - Kudos for getting in a Klitschko reference.

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  • 5. At 10:41am on 16 Apr 2010, Richard Harris wrote:

    Nick Clegg out late without his ol' dad Vince?

    Teenagers today eh? I blame Tony Blair for giving 'em big ideas at the cash point.

    BTW ~ WHO is the designated TV leader of Forward Plaid? I thought they had four at least?

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  • 6. At 1:17pm on 16 Apr 2010, cleverelliejo wrote:

    It doesn't give the voters much credit for intelligence if they can decide who to vote for on the strength of one TV programme.
    Surely anyone with average intelligence would have already made their minds up. ( A good performer, doesn't make for a good Prime Minister, ask Tony Blair!)
    Also, I wish someone would tell Plaid that this Election isn't all about them, or all about Wales.
    They are beginning to sound like a bloated "Topsy" in the corner, forever wailing "I want more, more, more" more money, more power, more, more,more.
    It is becoming embarrassing.
    England would be justified in wanting to cut Wales adrift and telling us to fend for ourselves.

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  • 7. At 3:04pm on 16 Apr 2010, Denno wrote:

    Careful cleverelliejo. You aren't aloud to criticize Plaid here. To do so is to be accused of being ashamed of your country, a simple minded fool who believes Westminster propaganda, and the lowest of the low, a (whisper) unionist.

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