The big parties will soon get the message out of power

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In reply to The Star Opinion column headlined ‘More time, more apathy?’ maybe the real problem for people is the way politics is presented.

Watching Andrew Marr on Sunday I was struck by the number of white middle-class people in the studio.

When Ed Miliband was interviewed he only wanted to moan about the Tories, not tell us what he would do (because he doesn’t know).

In fairness to Marr he did keep trying to bring Miliband back to Labour policies but interviewing politicians is a very bad way for people to learn anything about politics. It doesn’t make entertaining TV that people want to watch. People rightly assume that if a politician’s lips are moving they are lying.

What would have made good TV would have been to record the interview and then have a panel of independents putting Miliband’s main claims to the test.

Radio 4 have been doing just that lately, and it makes politics interesting and informative.

One health analyst explained that the NHS does need an extra £2 billion a year just to stand still. And then that was compared against all the main party’s policies.

That way we got to learn who is actually promising to do what the NHS really needs. (It’s the Lib Dems)

What we need is more of that, not just the inane spoutings of people desperate to keep their snouts in the trough.

I think everybody should vote, but not for the main parties. If you’re fed up with the LibLabCon failings do something about it.

The only thing you can do is vote for someone/anyone else. Not voting is just letting them get away with it.

The big parties will soon get the message when they are out of power. That’s when they do their best thinking.

Jim Graham

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