Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Cast Your Vote after Considering Policies; DENISE ROBERTSON

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Cast Your Vote after Considering Policies; DENISE ROBERTSON

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THE Prime Ministerial debate was a beauty contest and Nick Clegg was the prettiest. No record to explain away, no Bullingdon millstone around his neck although his background is as metropolitan, wealthy and public-schooled as that of David Cameron.

That is no detraction in my eyes, but I have to wonder why he is at pains to hide it, along with his former work for a lobbying firm.

He has never held office so he can promise anything and rattle off numbers like peas from Birdseye. For example, he says scrapping Trident will save pounds 100bn. The Government says the actual saving would be pounds 20m.

We need to scrutinise every party's policies, not make decisions on a Britain's Got Talent basis. Since the debate, every floating voter, every disaffected Labourite, is swimming madly in the direction of the Lib-Dem lifeboat. When they get on board, they will find some good things.

Scrapping identity cards and getting the innocent off the DNA database are dear to my heart. …

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