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Three men in a Moat– UK Leaders Debate – Round One
Three men in a moat– UK Leaders Debate – Round One
By Julian Bray
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It’s easy to be wise after any event BUT heads must roll after the Manchester based much hyped leaders debate. Not even style over substance. The one big chance for ITV plc, to show that it is still a force in television to be reckoned with.
What do they do?
A cheap set seemingly culled from the ITV game show prop room, poor music junctions, harsh full up lighting, botched camera shots, sloppy direction and from a studio complex (the former Granada Manchester Studios) which had clearly seen better days.
To compound the utter Horlicks, the moderator is parachuted in from ITN London (sorry aka ITV News) rather than risk local talent. The rules of engagement micromanaged by party spin doctors was also a big mistake. It was a pity that the contenders had not been more closely consulted, properly rehearsed, media presentational training undertaken and frankly schooled in some new ideas.
It was also unfortunate that Iceland managed to close down the entire UK and Ireland aviation industry with a stunningly well timed delivery of seemingly invisible volcanic ash from an erupting volcano; underneath and forced through an ice shelf essentially producing shards of silica rock enough to sandblast windscreens, paint and totally shut down engines, if the volcanic ash is ingested by modern jet engines.
All neatly ensuring the main news focus of the day was hapless, whinging air travellers, retired BA Pilots who had survived (hopefully along with their passengers) previous volcanic ash incidents.
All in all, the back room boys have a lot more work to do before the next encounter at Sky TV. Nick Clegg won this one hands down, David Cameron put in a workman like performance as known and Gordon Brown , the old carthorse is still running in full harness and weighted with Unite sponsored but meaningless decorative congratulatory horse brasses and the stable door left wide open.
If its not back by May 7th, the knackers yard or perhaps early retirement awaits.
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