GREENS WILL LIVEN DE­BATE

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YES­TER­DAY marked 100 days to go un­til the Gen­eral Elec­tion – and boy, don’t we know it.

You can’t turn on the telly now with­out one party leader or an­other breath­lessly bray­ing about how they and they alone will save the coun­try from cer­tain death.

Nor­mally we’d get five weeks of this non­sense be­fore the polling sta­tions opened.

In­stead, by the time elec­tion day comes on May 7, we’ll have had five tor­tu­ous bloody MONTHS of it.

And some of the cyn­i­cism on dis­play al­ready has been breath-tak­ing.

One MP in my area has sud­denly started ap­pear­ing in her lo­cal pa­per look­ing all con­cerned and sin­cere out­side an NHS out­post.

The last time I re­mem­ber see­ing her do some­thing sim­i­lar was, fun­nily enough, the last time there was a gen­eral elec­tion.

Oh – and the elec­tion be­fore that. Won­der why?

As with 2010, we’re also be­ing en­cour­aged to get ex­cited at the prospect of the var­i­ous party lead­ers tak­ing ut­terly pa­tro­n­is­ing David Cameron can be with­out be­ing sprawled on a chaise longe hav­ing grapes fed into his over-priv­i­leged gob.

The PM, of course, be­ing the one with the most to lose, doesn’t want to be in the TV de­bates in any case.

He first at­tempted to duck out of them say­ing he wouldn’t be on a plat­form with UKIP’S Nigel Farage LEADER: Green Party’s Natalie Ben­nett un­less the Greens – part in tele­vi­sion de­bates – led by Natalie Ben­nett – were be­cause the vast ma­jor­ity of there to sim­i­larly em­bar­rass us have noth­ing bet­ter to do the Labour party. with our lives, do we?

It’s not like we’re go­ing to learn any­thing new from them.

Like slow­ing down to get a good view of a car crash after­math, the in­ter­ested among us will tune in just to see how terrible Ed Miliband is, how mealy-mouthed Nick Clegg can be, and ex­actly how

But now the Greens are in­vited, along with Scot­land’s SNP and Plaid Cymru of Wales, he’s now claim­ing it’s un­fair on North­ern Ire­land’s DUP be­ing omit­ted from the line-up.

Talk about mov­ing

the goal posts…

But what­ever you think of Cameron, get­ting the Greens in­volved will ac­tu­ally brighten up an oth­er­wise ex­traor­di­nar­ily dull process – and not just be­cause of their party colour.

Read­ing through their poli­cies last week was a real eye-opener.

The so-called left-wing ver­sion of UKIP – as the Greens are ex­pected to dam­age Labour like UKIP will the Tories – pro­poses de­crim­i­nal­is­ing Al Qaeda, pris­on­ers get­ting the vote, scrap­ping the armed forces and turn­ing de­fence in­dus­try bases into wind­farm man­u­fac­tur­ers.

There’s even been talk of com­pul­sory veg­e­tar­ian Fri­days – be­cause we all need a Govern­ment to tell us what we can and can­not eat, don’t we?

So, roll on May. Not for the gen­eral elec­tion, but for the be­gin­ning of the Christ­mas ad cam­paigns.

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