Saturday, 27 September 2008

'tis the season

A rare comment about politics from me: what a funny system the US has to let the public watch and hear the candidates for president of the USA. A debate that doesn't allow feedback from the audience - aren't they the voters and shouldn't they be allowed to ask questions?

Personally, I felt the debate was a tie, but I would have preferred to hear the audience otherwise why were they there in the first place? Just to applaud when the candidates appeared and when they left? That's all they did and all they were allowed to do.

Nothing compares to the old country's way of doing it; a sweat-inducing interview with Jeremy Paxman on Newsnight, and in real time and subject to audience feedback on Question Time. Not that this will guarantee the right person wins the vote, but it's fun to watch.

I would pay a lot of money to watch Paxman interview Palin, but enough of that. I have the universe to explore and you never know, perhaps it really was created 10,000 years ago and we're all offspring of a tainted apple.

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