A chance to vent your spleen at electoral candidates in Edinburgh

Make-up backstabbing: the Kennedy-Nixon debate

Tonight’s prime-ministerial TV debate promises some watered-down, reheasred action (unless you consider joining in our concurrant election drinking game).  In the UK we’ve already reluctantly revisited the famous 1960 Kennedy-Nixon debate several times in this morning’s dreary breakfast info-entertainment, but what they don’t tell you as often is, it will be nothing like that!  The days of a) secret make-up, b) being embarassed about TV make-up and c) on-air 4 o’ clock shadows are long gone.  But as this is a first for a UK general election, no doubt we’ll all watch with interest.  I can’t understand why stammering Brown would agree to face those two handsomer, more articulate chaps, but let’s see what happens.

Edinburgh hustings

But moving off the national and on to the local, this morning the GuardianEdinburgh blog reports that a general election hustings event is being hosted tonight by The English-Speaking Union Scotland at its Atholl Crescent gallery in the West End.  Candidates have been invited from the four main parties in Scotland, but alas, it will be to an invited audience only that they will be giving their excuses, making the same old accusations, saying the oil would pay for independence, saying it wouldn’t be enough, etc.

If you’re absolutely gutted and disgusted by this closed-door policy, don’t despair!  GuardianEdinburgh will be tweeting and recording the debate.  But better still, there’s another hustings event with more parties represented and an OPEN-DOOR POLICY!

Look no further than to the Edinburgh University Students Association to deliver when it matters.  Their event takes place on Monday 26th April at 6.30 p.m in the George Square Lecture Theatre, George Square.  The panel consists of Neil Hudson (Conservatives), Ian Murray (Labour), Fred MacKintosh (Liberal Democrats), Sandy Howat (SNP) and Robin Harper (Green candidate for Edinburgh East).  Apart from Robin Harper, all candidates are contending for Edinburgh South and the event will be chaired by Dr Mark Aspinwall, Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations.

Questions will be taken from the audience, but should be emailed in advance to: anna.maciulewicz@eusa.ed.ac.uk.  A higher education agenda will likely dominate the discussion, so if you want to ask about anything else, like “What the f*ck is going with Trident?”, then get in touch.  No doubt tonight’s leaders’ TV debate will give you a few ideas.

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