My leaders debate…

67 tweets in total this time… And I ate dinner (with a group of Green friends), during!
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My @GreenRupertRead debate tweets:
1. @07948480070 And while we’re at it, why not abolish taxes on the rich altogether,so that they can hire even more ‘help’?!.. Er.. #DebatePlus1 minute ago via TweetDeck in reply to 07948480070
2. @thomaslowe87 In other countries, e.g. most European countries, a far higher proportion are willing to rent. We need a culture shift on this2 minutes ago via TweetDeck in reply to thomaslowe87
3. Cameron won? – I’m a monkey’s uncle: That Cameron is credited by most outlets with having won last night’s debat… http://bit.ly/bJ9Gj1about 1 hour ago via twitterfeed
4. RT @Jo_Cox1: There are still so many unanswered questions from Tories: what cap on immigration? Why cut inheritance tax? business tax?about 11 hours ago via TweetDeck
5. RT @willself: You would think from the #leadersdebate that it is the norm to be anti-immigrants in this country. Can we get #iloveimmig…about 12 hours ago via web
6. Nick Robinson talking sh*te about immigration ‘exploding’ as an issue in this debate. Stop making things up, Nick! #leadersdebateabout 12 hours ago via TweetDeck
7. RT @ns_mehdihasan: Could GB not have said one positive thing about Labour’s record in office? Minimum wage? Paid holiday? Better hospitals?about 13 hours ago via TweetDeck
8. RT @sianberry: DC ‘change we need!’, NC ‘yes we can?’, GB (traditional) ‘don’t risk it’ #leadersdebateThere’sonly2kindsofelectioncampaignsabout 13 hours ago via TweetDeck
9. …and the winner is… NOTA. So @CarolineLucas wins by default! πŸ™‚ To find out more, check out #DebatePlusabout 13 hours ago via TweetDeck
10. RT @KaieteurDevon: @CarolineLucas should be at#leadersdebate These chaps are monotonous, falsehttp://bit.ly/96UqBU #DebatePlus #greenpartyabout 13 hours ago via TweetDeck
11. @stsquad No – My point is: A plague on both their houses.#ImvotingGreen #DebatePlusabout 13 hours ago via TweetDeck in reply to stsquad
12. RT @campbellclaret: Dave hasn’t told many anecdotes this week. Perhaps the black man from Plymouth told him not to.#leadersdebateabout 13 hours ago via TweetDeck
13. RT @heraclitus: Inequality went through the roof under the Tories.#LeadersDebateabout 13 hours ago via web
14. RT @campbellclaret: Go on Gordon – another inheritance tax mention. Another DC wince. > Yes!about 13 hours ago via TweetDeck
15. Did Clegg really just say “one of the biggest – SORT OF – pledges in our manifesto”…?!! πŸ˜‰ #leadersdebate #ge2010about 13 hours ago via web
16. RT @AdamRamsay: #debateplus #leadersdebate but will you bring back student grants? #ImvotingGreenabout 13 hours ago via TweetDeck
17. RT @heraclitus Well to be honest,no one has ‘won’ this.We’ve all lost the election though. #LeadersDebate >Not if we #VoteGreen!#DebatePlusabout 13 hours ago via TweetDeck
18. RT @caspertk: I have a plan! #leadersdebateabout 13 hours ago via web
19. RT @garydunion RT @Charlotte82: I am a real person. I don’t have concerns about Immigration. Who’s listening to me?#leadersdebateabout 13 hours ago via TweetDeck
20. @johnprescott True, John, but WHY HAVEN’T YOU RESTORED BUILDING OF COUNCIL HOUSES, AND REINED IN THE RIGHT TO BUY? You are just as bad…about 13 hours ago via TweetDeck in reply to johnprescott
21. RT @sianberry: What exactly is there at the top of the ‘housing ladder’? Cheaper homes for rent is what I want #leadersdebate#debateplusabout 13 hours ago via TweetDeck
22. RT @sianberry: A very good point when we all spend 1hr+ a day at it! RT @AdamBienkov Has transport been mentioned once in any#leadersdebateabout 13 hours ago via TweetDeck
23. @garydunion Exactly. Having an inflated housing market has been part of our PROBLEM in Britain, for years now.about 13 hours ago via web
24. RT @garydunion: @RupertRead It’s such an odd economic goal. We already have a weirdly high own-occupy rate by int’l standards – why prio …about 13 hours ago via web
25. RT @AdamRamsay: #leadersdebate stand up for an amnesty Nick. If not, what’sthepointofyourparty?> #GreenParty will stand up for whats rightabout 13 hours ago via TweetDeck
26. Damn right: RT @campbellclaret Cameron still has not answered inheritance tax question. 4 times asked. 4 times not answered#leadersdebateabout 13 hours ago via TweetDeck
27. RT @sianberry: I think Clegg has now scored 4 times with ‘point-scoring’ #leadersdebate > Would that @CarolineLucas were there!#debateplusabout 13 hours ago via TweetDeck
28. RT @sunny_hundal: The debate pretty left-wing in content: on saving public services, bashing bankers, helping poor & developing industryabout 13 hours ago via TweetDeck
29. RT @AdrianRamsay: I’ll be responding to the #leadersdebate on BBC1 and Radio 4 & 5 after it finishes #debateplusabout 13 hours ago via TweetDeck
30. RT @AdamRamsay: #leadersdebate #debateplus I can hear the dog whistle Nick #voteGreenabout 13 hours ago via TweetDeck
31. RT @mr_andy_c: Oooh, you can hear from the Greens on the News after the debate. @carolinelucas should be on debate#thanksfornothing #le …about 13 hours ago via mobile web
32. RT @heraclitus: Oh here we go, immigration, out toughing one another while we ship people back to their countries to be tortured.#Lead …about 13 hours ago via mobile web
33. Yey, at last the #GreenParty gets a mention! #DebatePlusabout 13 hours ago via mobile web
34. RT @charliewhelan: Cam still refusing to answer questions put by Gordonabout 14 hours ago via mobile web
35. RT @carboncoach: Greens will fight for community banks, credit unions and mutuals so those who need financial help are given realistic l …about 14 hours ago via mobile web
36. RT @garydunion: You’re an idiot, Clegg. Did you really just use “conservative” as a synonym for “good”? Protip: http://bit.ly/967EWI#l …about 14 hours ago via mobile web
37. RT @kitfriend: We’re going to need a Clegg-says-political-point-scoring-ometer soon #bullshitbingo #leadersdebateabout 14 hours ago via mobile web
38. RT @CathElliott: Yes RT @leongreen: RT @sunny_hundal Is Clegg over-doing it on the ‘all this political point-scoring is getting too much …about 14 hours ago via mobile web
39. RT @heraclitus: Wow, listening to David Cameron whose party made modern casino city claiming it is a problem is the economy was unbalanc …about 14 hours ago via mobile web
40. Cameron is being KILLED on inheritance tax. #GreenParty has the fairest policy on inh tax: tax the recipient. #debateplus#leadersdebatesabout 14 hours ago via mobile web
41. RT @carboncoach: Greens would bring in Tobin (‘Robin Hood’) Tax raising huge sums… #leadersdebate #DebatePlus #greenpartyabout 14 hours ago via mobile web
42. RT @BeccaLewisSmith: Anyone else feel like we’ve heard these sound bites before? #leadersdebateabout 14 hours ago via mobile web
43. RT @heraclitus: Got to say, on this stuff, Brown is pretty strong. Inheritance thing is an absolute mill stone for talking about fairnes…about 14 hours ago via mobile web
44. RT @channel4news: RT @mrchrisaddison: Sky poll just in! David Cameron won the debate! #leadersdebateabout 14 hours ago via mobile web
45. Camewrong is performing ‘well’ – but nastily. #leadersdebate#ge2010about 14 hours ago via mobile web
46. Half an hour on economy and then a torrent of bigotry? My fear for the #leadersdebateabout 14 hours ago via mobile web
47. RT @ns_mehdihasan: @sunny_hundal So Sunny, whaddya think? First or second question on immigration once the economy bit’s over tonight?> :-(about 15 hours ago via TweetDeck
48. Will there be a question in tonight’s leadersdebate on BIGOTRY, to accompany the inevitable immigration question?…http://bit.ly/c9yNwe12:53 AM Apr 29th via Facebook

And my @RupertRead debate tweets:
1. RT @DanMitchelmore: RT @AdamRamsay: #debateplus#leadersdebate complete lack of serious economic discussion. We need to restructure/buil …about 12 hours ago via web
2. RT @manishtasunnia: @mauvedeity Vote for the Green Party which have been denied representation #GreenParty #debateplusabout 12 hours ago via web
3. RT @carboncoach: o dear BBC give UKIP a prime slot for nasty play for racist vote, why no sanity and common sense voice from Green #lead …about 12 hours ago via web
4. Who are these awful people who think Cameron won the debate? πŸ˜‰ HE is awful…about 12 hours ago via TweetDeck
5. RT @georgeeaton: Interesting that the Economist last endorsed the Tories in 1997. What were they thinking then?!about 13 hours ago via web
6. @Kaihsu #DebatePlus has been good – we need to keep spreading the word now!about 13 hours ago via web in reply to Kaihsu
7. RT @campbellclaret: Cameron looking after the poor? Yeah. And Burnley will win the Champions League next yearabout 13 hours ago via web
8. RT @sianberry: DC ‘i’ve got a great team behind me’. Whole country thinks of Osborne and disagrees #leadersdebateabout 13 hours ago via web
9. You’re ‘right’, Nick – but the only Party that will bring clean politics and real change is #Green . LibDem dirty politics RULES YOU OUT…about 13 hours ago via TweetDeck
10. RT @manishtasunnia: Cut class sizes, bring back grants, abolish tuition fees… Vote Green! #LeadersDebate #GreenParty#debateplusabout 13 hours ago via web
11. Starting to get bored of #leadersdebate now. The agenda is far too narrow. BRING ON @cAROLINElUCAS ! #VoteGreenabout 13 hours ago via TweetDeck
12. RT @FakeNickClegg: Vince has made me some economy notes but his handwriting’s worse than Gordon’s. I suppose they are both doctors… #l …about 13 hours ago via web
13. RT @FakeNickClegg: If you see me scribbling i’m not taking notes, i’m drawing characatures of the audience. Going to sell them outside…about 13 hours ago via web
14. #GreenParty policy: The right to rent. NO repossession, if you can and want to carry on renting, instead. #Leadersdebate#DebatePlusabout 13 hours ago via TweetDeck
15. “No life on the dole, that’s my policy” – Brown. Sounds like this unpleasant man wants to shoot the unemployed. A modest proposal?about 13 hours ago via TweetDeck
16. The #GreenParty would build lots of new Council housing. That’s in our manifesto – not in the LibDems’! #debateplus #leadersdebate#ge2010about 13 hours ago via TweetDeck
17. Brown: “I want to create an owner occupied majority in this country.” WHY? You sound just like Thatcher, mate! We need more COUNCIL housing.about 13 hours ago via TweetDeck
18. β€˜Yes or No’ – Like it!!about 13 hours ago via TweetDeck
19. How predictable: The Beeb covers itself by getting a black bloke to ask a predictable (bigoted?) question…about 13 hours ago via web

Cameron won? – I’m a monkey’s uncle

That Cameron is credited by most outlets with having won last night’s debate Β– despite his vapidity, his utter failure to answer key questions put to him directly by Brown and Clegg (letalone his failure, admittedly shared by the other 2, to say where the savage cuts they are all tacitly planning are going to fall), and the repulsiveness of much of his agenda (his obvious bias toward the rich on issues such as inheritance, the pretty evident insincerity of his pro-poor soundbites Β– plus the general return of the nasty Party, in his rhetoric on immigration, welfare, etc.) Β– is a reflection of a combination of a corrupt media culture (large sections of the media have decided to twist and deceive as much as necessary to get Brown out and Cameron in), a failed format for the debates (no provision to insist upon answers to questions Β– and no presence for the smaller Parties, such as the Greens, who would really shake up the status quo), and a British public that now has such low expectations of politics that it is prepared to see this shallow old Etonian as their representative and as an ‘improvement’.

God save us all.

Correcting LibDem misinformation

 It is very sad to see the LibDems continuing to mislead Norwich voters at every opportunity – in spite of the fact that their candidate claimed that he would run a ‘Clean Campaign’, following the Green Party’s initiative of a Clean Campaign Pledge in Norwich South.
 In their latest leaflet, the LibDems try their hardest to pull the wool over voters’ eyes about what happened in last year’s elections. They fail to point out that I (as the Green Party candidate) came within just 1% of winning a seat in the European Parliament, and was the runner-up – and that if it hadn’t have been for LibDem lies about me being ‘out of the race’, I could very easily have been elected.
 During the Norwich North byelection, they took some words of mine from THE TIMES and printed leaflets saying that those words proved that I was admitting that I could not win that byelection. In their latest leaflet in this election, they claim that I insisted during that campaign that I COULD win the byelection. Make your mind up, LibDems – you can’t have it both ways! (Maybe you think you can, because you are so used to sitting on fences… πŸ˜‰
 Once, long ago, I was a LibDem, for my sins… Every time one of their manipulative pieces of paper comes through my door, I thank my stars that I’m now with the Green Party, instead. And that the Green Party may now be poised on the edge of a famous victory, here in Norwich South. That’s certainly how the posters look, across the constituency – overwhelmingly Green, with few LibDem posters in most parts of the city.
 In last year’s Norwich North byelection, the LibDem vote fell substantially – while the Green Party vote more than tripled. Norwich South is our stronghold, where we outnumber LibDem Councillors two to one (ALL the Green Norwich City Councillors are in Norwich South). In Norwich South, if voters vote for what they want, they will get a Green MP: brilliant local man and experienced Councillor Adrian Ramsay.
 But you won’t find any of that information on LibDem leaflets!

Vote for what you believe in

There’s 1 week to go… The still-increasing prospect of a balanced (aka ‘hung’) Parliament is good news for those of us who believe that it is high time that Britain recognised that it has multi-Party politics, and that British politicians need to work together, across Party lines, to secure a democratic mandate. However, it is distressing to see that the Party still managing to stay narrowly out in front in the national polls (the Conservative Party) is the Party most firmly committed to massive government cuts (rather than to what is obviously needed: investment in a ‘Green New Deal’) and to shrinking the state and to deregulation (when the gathering climate crisis – not to mention the last three years of unprecedented financial crisis – have demonstrated with absolute clarity the need for strong state action to prevent complete meltdown).
It’s time for real change. Sending Green Party MPs to Westminster, where they might play a crucial role in influencing for the better the policies of a minority government, or at least in preventing the dismal plans of the old Parties, is now the most positive and effective way in which voters can act.
Luckily the Green Party is now stronger than it has ever been before, and is for the first time ever in realistic contention to win in some seats, such as here in Norwich South, where I’m writing from. The Conservatives are weak here, and (to judge from all the posters on the streets, and from what people are saying to me on the doorstep) it is the Green Party that is in potential contention to take this seat from Labour.
The national debates have enabled many citizens to recognise that they can look beyond the old Parties.
Here, and in a number of other places in Britain, that certainly can and clearly should now mean: voting for the Greens. So that we can win.
 

LibDems NOT clean: Labour tells it as it is

Scroll down for a superb letter from respected Labour activist Jane Roberts: http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2010/apr/27/lib-dem-strategy-tactical-voting
 
She writes: “I have considerable respect for a number of national Lib Dem politicians and Nick Clegg does indeed have a compelling, straightforward style of talking, so important now for any party leader. But what sticks in my craw is the notion that the Lib Dems represent a new and different type of politics. In local elections, Lib Dems have long been the most shameless, unscrupulous campaigners of any mainstream party. Let’s not kid ourselves that the Lib Dems have the high moral ground.” Jane Roberts, Former Labour Leader of Camden Council
 
Bang on the money.

Compass and tactical voting – a step in the right direction

Well done Compass: http://liberalconspiracy.org/2010/04/23/exclusive-compass-polls-members-on-hung-parliament-and-tactical-voting/ . Nevertheless, this news will be of marginal interest to British politics so long as Compass remains in effect a Labour faction, closed to other Parties. The really radical step would be to permit Greens, LibDems, Respectites, Scots Nats etc to join. Then we would be able to talk about a realignment of progressive politics in Britain