The job of governing Britain, under the constraints that the Prime Minister and government are currently placed under, is effectively a managerial task and a non-ideological task. You couldn’t insert an anorexic cigarette paper between the two, three main parties, in terms of policy and they’ve got no wriggle room, so you are essentially looking for who the best administrator or manager is and you’re not going to discover that from seeing these guys shout at each other on television. And actually, while we’re at it, if this is the best we can do as a nation in terms of a 'cult of personality', then it’s a very, very sorry state of affairs.
Will Self on BBC Question Time, commenting on having a live debate between the leaders of the UK's main political parties.
4 March 2010