Election 2017: The winners and Losers From The BBC Debate

In this week’s article, we focus on the BBC debate. All seven parties were present with five leaders and two representatives.

as we reach the penultimate week before the big day on June the 8th. another major event happened. The Second Televised debate between the parties; The BBC Presented this round with Mishal Husain presiding over events.

In a bitter and at times uncomfortable debate, winners shone through while the losers crashing and burning. Let’s look at the winners and losers from the BBC debate.

Winner: Labour 

For only announcing his participation a few hours before the event, Jeremy Corbyn had the strongest performance of the campaign. Staying on message and tearing into Amber Rudd on the disastrous Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and how the Tories “are wanting to take PIP away from disabled people”.

it wasn’t just Amber Rudd on Jeremy’s shredding scope. UKIP took a few hits, on the issue of business rates Paul Nuttall tried to imply that business would leave the UK if rates were made higher, Jeremy tore that insult down with “It’s complete nonsense”

Winner: The Green Party

Another really good night for the Green Party, Caroline Lucas put up a scathing attack on the conservates. referring to the cuts imposed on the NHS and services that help the most vulnerable as “Insulting”.

The Green Party are having the best performance ever, without a doubt on election night there could be more green voices in the chambers of Westminster.

Biggest Loser: Lib Dems 

the Lib Dems had a really good night, however the tone struck by the leader Tim Farron killed the performance. consistently attacking all sides with bitter and uncivil words. at one time, Tim Farron told the audience ” Theresa May is outside eyeing up the cost of your house to pay for social care”

 

Loser: The conservatives 

Not only did Theresa May not even show up to the debate, Amber Rudd has an absolute nightmare of a performance. Struggling to keep the debate civil at all and being the target from each and every side.

It wasn’t just the attacks that caused the poor performance, it was the sound bites. Constantly telling Jeremy Corbyn there “isn’t a magic money tree” for all the ideas. Another poor showing from the Conservatives.

Looser: UKIP and the SNP 

sadly, the SNP didn’t put up a good fight in the debate, acting more as a filler for a podium. nothing memorable at all from the SNP.

As for UKIP, It’s gotten worse for Paul Nuttall. Another bumbling and stumble-filled performance saw UKIP seem irrelevant. going for the patriotic approach didn’t work at all.

That was the BBC Debate wrapped up, for Next week’s final article I will be concluding the coverage with a personal opinion piece on the campaign with my predictions for the next government. Check back next Wednesday for that one.

For Journaling Thoughts, I’m Jordan Dodds. A discussion is welcome in the comments below

 

 

 

 

Election 2017: The Very Latest Happenings

Welcome to This week’s instalment of Journaling Thoughts coverage of the General Election. In this week we recap the manifestos, review the debate, and see how the parties are polling.

Another week has flown by, and what a week it was. So much happened and the lead has changed in the polls. Let’s Start this brief with the latest on the manifestos.

All manifestos were put out

Last week saw all the big political parties bring out the manifestos, the promises and pledges they intended to keep and deliver if elected. Labour have gone back to the leftist roots with the pledge to scrap tuition fees and pump more money into the NHS.

The conservatives came under scrutiny over their manifesto, Pledging to end free school meals and a “dementia tax”. the dementia tax would have been where the estate of a person who was cared for at home paying the cost back of the care.

UKIP’s Manifesto was nothing to write home about, sticking to the classic UKIP playbook on immigration and Brexit. Nothing special and not worth writing too much about.

and Finally, the Lib Dems, Who have promised to give the people a final vote
on the potential Brexit deal we achieve and promising to fund the NHS through a 1p tax on everyone. Not to mention the potential legalisation of weed.

All that is just a summary of the manifestos, over the next week a bonus article on each manifesto will come out.

The first debate: Winners and Losers

The first Debate aired last Thursday on ITV, with only five of the seven leaders participating. Labour and Conservatives refused to take part. Overall nothing major happened at the debate. Here are the Winners and Losers from the debate.

Winners: The Green Party, Plaid Cymru, The Lib Dems and The SNP

Just by being part of the debate earned Plaid Cymru and the SNP the winner status. As the Two parties are not in England and don’t really have any candidates standing. 

However that being said, the Lib Dems and the Green Party performed the
best of the night. Both Parties who don’t get half the air time the other parties do, shone bright and got their message across effectively.

Losers: Labour, Conservatives, and UKIP

By not taking part in the debate, Labour and the Conservates lost big time. by not even engaging or even showing up at the debate cost both parties some much-valued air time. A very disappointing blow to both.

However, UKIP were the biggest losers of the night, a humiliating and embarrassing performance in the debate. UKIP leader Paul Nuttall just couldn’t string a sentence together at all. stammering and stuttering and at every opportunity looking at his script.

And that is everything that happened this week, Such a busy week condensed into one article. Stay tuned for more as the countdown till June the 8th gets closer and closer.

For Journaling Thoughts, I’m Jordan Dodds a discussion is welcome in the comments below.

P.S after midnight on the 22nd of may is the deadline to register to vote! Go get registered now before its too late!