Political points to ponder – or not
By Caring Times editor Geoff Hodgson
Living in one of the 4% of households in the UK which doesn’t have a television, I care very little whether or not David Cameron takes part in a televised debate.
Too much hangs on how politicians perform in front of the cameras and microphones. Think of Natalie Bennet – one bad radio interview on an “off-day” and the entire Green Party’s credibility plummets in the minds of the masses, and think what you like about UKIP but Mr Farage has to tread a media gauntlet ready to pounce on the slightest hint of inconsistency as he answers questions on the hoof.
The minor parties (and for all the media noise, UKIP remains a minor party in terms of seats in Parliament) are easy targets for journalists in search of a story. The major parties are given a much smoother ride in comparison and it seems we will forgive them anything, no matter how corrupt their practices, how vague their policies and how egregiously they break their promises.
Given the ageing demographic, one would have thought there would be ever increasing support for a “Grey Party” but clever Mr Farage seems to be pre-empting this by garnering the grey vote to his own faction – in late February he said UKIP would spend an extra £3bn a year on the health service, with a commitment to invest £650m by 2020 in dementia research – double the amount set out by David Cameron. Music to the ears of my Great Aunt Mabel – if she remembers to vote.
But, given his desire for an Australian-style ‘points system’ to regulate immigration, I wonder how many points Mr Farage would accord to the qualities of caring and compassion which immigrant social care workers bring to the nation’s care homes.
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