In the wake of the third and final Leaders’ Debate yesterday, representatives from the English Democrats, Scottish National Party and Plaid Cymru have labelled the debates one-sided and biased in favour of Britain, seemingly unaware that England, Scotland and Wales are all part of the British Isles.
Senior figures in all three parties have accused Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Conservative leader David Cameron and Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg of focusing all their attention on British voters, while failing to address the pressing concerns that affect England, Scotland and Wales.
Following yesterday’s debate, Plaid Cymru leader Ieuan Wyn Jones strongly criticised the three main party leaders. “What I didn’t hear tonight was any of them recognising the special problems that we have particularly here in Wales,” Mr Jones said.
“Instead, they kept banging on about ‘Britain’, and all the so-called ‘issues’ they have there. Who are these ‘British people’ anyway? Why do they get all the attention? It’s ridiculous.”
Robin Tilbrook, chairman of the English Democrats, was equally scathing, accusing the three “motor-mouthed” leaders of being desperate to boost their careers, but ignorant of the voters of England.
“None of them were willing to even mention England or the English nation,” Mr Tilbrook said. “It was all ‘Britain this’ and ‘Britain that’. Where do these people think they live? They’ll be trying to tell us that England is a part of Europe next — don’t even get me started on that.”
The SNP, which failed in its attempt to block the debate being broadcast in Scotland unless it featured party leader Alex Salmond, have been vociferous opponents of the Leaders’ Debates from the start.
Following the historic first debate, Mr Salmond complained that “all we got was three Westminster politicians looking the same, sounding the same and saying nothing of relevance to Scotland.
They discussed the ‘British economy’, the ‘defence of the realm’ and ‘immigration into Britain’. I can’t see what relevance any of that has to Scotland. Not unless Scotland was somehow a component part in a larger entity called Britain. But that would be just silly,” Mr Salmond added.
In a specially arranged conference, to be held next week, Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Nick Clegg have agreed to meet with representatives from the three independence parties to discuss British politics and explain exactly what it means to voters in England, Scotland and Wales.
Inside sources have revealed that the three party leaders will be bringing an oversized map of Great Britain with them, and intend to jab at it repeatedly, in an increasingly aggressive fashion, until the message finally sinks in.