Last night, the ‘elected’ representatives of my country voted to approve further military action against your country and, by extension, your people. Some of you will die in these strikes, if not in Russia’s strikes, or France’s strikes, or Germany’s strikes, or Israel’s strikes, or America’s strikes, or Assad’s strikes, or Daesh’s strikes. Our leaders have apparently never heard of the phrase “too many cooks spoil the broth” as we add more munitions to a conflict teeming already with them.
‘You reap what you sow’ is an oft-forgotten adage that barely enters the political sphere these days. As European governments and officials faint at the news that more refugees are seeking a home now than during the Second World War, they, and indeed we, seem to have forgotten that we sowed the very seeds of destruction that are now sprouting up along the walls of Fortress Europe.
Ed Miliband has resigned. Nick Clegg has resigned. Nigel Farage has resigned. If the General Election were a gladiator-style battle, David Cameron would now be emerging from the arena, covered in his rivals’ blood to the shrill cheers of Daily Mail readers. That’s what this election felt like – a vicious attempt by all the parties to battle for Britain’s soul, with clearly varying degrees of success.
The final televised political event before the election took place last night, as each of the three leaders faced questions from a live audience and host David Dimbleby. Frustratingly, Cameron, Miliband, and Clegg were all in the same building, but did not meet or speak face-to-face in front of the audience, and no cross-party debate actually took place. What follows is not a transcript of what took place, but a short assessment of each leader’s performance.