Thursday 8 December 2016

No news isn't good news for election debate

Eilis O'Hanlon

Published 03/05/2015 | 02:30

Stephen Nolan
Stephen Nolan

Parkinson's Law of Triviality states that any group of people tasked with making important decisions will waste most of the time on comparatively trivial issues. Coverage of the UK election appears to bear this out.

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Take Listeners' Election, which had the bright idea of asking BBC Radio Four devotees what causes mattered most to them. The result on Monday was a debate on that most pressing question: "Who picks up that crisp packet?"

Surely no one decides how to vote based on a candidate's policies on litter? The programme was only 12 minutes long. I managed four of them before losing the will to live.

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