Six issues that will decide the General Election: the leaders

Nick Clegg, Ed Miliband and David Cameron seated together
What does PM stand for: Prime Minister or Personality Matters?
Photo: UK Parliament

Your decision at the polling station on May 7th will indirectly affect who becomes Prime Minister. Because of this, who we vote for as our local MP is decided more by who the party and its leader are than the actual credibility of the candidate. 

Over in the USA, Barack Obama proved you can be voted in based on your personality. I don’t think any UK politician, bar Boris Johnson, can do that. It will be our party leaders that prove their personality can prevent them from gaining power instead.

Of course, I’m talking mainly about Ed Miliband. The common consensus is that he’s been a walking disaster as Labour leader. From forgetting speeches to eating bacon sandwiches in a most obscure manner, ‘Red Ed’ is the lowest ranked political leader in the opinion polls.

Not far in front of him in approval ratings is Nick Clegg who, unlike Ed Miliband, is seen as normal and quite a good politician. However, he’s led the Lib Dems to their lowest poll ratings in quite some time due to the fact he’s seen as a bare-faced liar for breaking his tuition fees promise at the last election.

The Green party are going in the opposite direction with a surge in support. They are led by Australian-born Natalie Bennett, who seems to have made a habit of giving truly appalling live interviews. Party members would much prefer Caroline Lucas MP to lead them, which begs the question: if the party don’t want her, why should the British public?

Nigel Farage has been described as marmite because you either love him or you hate him. He’s seen as “one of the people” despite having a career in politics for over 20 years. The fact he leads a party full of apparent “fruitcakes”, “loonies” and “closet racists” doesn’t appear to have affected his appeal too much.

Across the border lie the gruesome SNP twosome of Nicola Sturgeon and Alex Salmond. They’re feared across the UK and heralded as the demons who want to break up the UK and are thus very unpopular in England.

Last but not least is David Cameron, our current Prime Minister, who has a distinct advantage. He has proven to be electable as PM in the past, but could his keenness for cutting mean that he’ll be up for the chop himself?


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