How important do you think charisma is in politics? More to the point, how important should it be?
The next election is rapidly becoming a battle of personalities. Drab and world weary Brown vs Flash (if slightly slimy) Cameron. Oh, and of course Clegg bobs around trying to get the attention he ought to deserve as head of a party whilst remaining tragically forgettable. What has happened is that through our loathing or loving of individuals we have forgotten to focus on policies.
We are being slowly blinded by British politics' somewhat awkward attempts to drum up American scale election enthusiasm.
An example of focus on the individuals is NIck Griffin and the BNP. Media and the rest of us all tend to focus on what a racist nasty carachter Griffin is without focusing on the real issue: the BNP are becoming increasingly popular, have 2 MEP seats and are trickling racism and extreme right wing ideals through our society. There are doctors, teachers, police men, people in positions of authority harbouring these ideals. This is dangerous but all we focus on is how close together Griffin's eyes are!
So should we stop caring so much about Samantha Cameron's pregnancy or Gordon Brown's weird smile and start focusing on the real issues? What would life reallye under a Tory/ Labour/ Liberal/ UKIP/ BNP government?