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April 25, 2005

Local Parliamentary Candidate Debate

With little else to do, I popped down to the parliamentary candidate debate held on campus earlier today. Present were the local constituency’s Labour, Conservative, Lib Dem and Green Party representatives. After a short introduction, the candidates answered questions from the audience on issues such as pensions, crime, terrorism and ID cards. In all, nobody said anything particularly exciting. The Conservative candidate in particular appeared aloof. When asked whether a conservative government could have prevented the downfall of MG Rover, he was unnecessarily defensive and began pointing the finger at the Labour representative, claiming the fiasco ‘occurred under their watch’. The Green representative was most sensible in saying it wasn’t really an issue for government anyway. Surprisingly for a Tory, he also declared that

a) Market oriented solutions to pollution & emissions would be ineffective
b) Further education is a right (in criticising Labour suggestions that students should make some contribution towards their tuition)

It must be said that of the four candidates, the Labour representative was most self assured and put forward his case most convincingly.

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