What do Norfolk's Cleggs, Camerons and Browns think of the election so far?

Shaun LowthorpeThe election so far has all been about the leaders' debates. But has there been too much focus on the leader's at the expense (ahem) of everyone else. With a bit of help from a BT phonebook public affairs correspondent Shaun Lowthorpe tried to find out what a Brown, Cameron, and Clegg living in Norfolk thought of the all fuss.Shaun Lowthorpe

The election so far has all been about the leaders' debates. But has there been too much focus on the leader's at the expense (ahem) of everyone else. With a bit of help from a BT phonebook public affairs correspondent Shaun Lowthorpe tried to find out what a Brown, Cameron, and Clegg living in Norfolk thought of the all fuss.

Mrs Cameron

Susan Cameron answers her phone straight away, as husband Donald is not available, and is happy to talk about the election. So what does the 62-year-old who used to run two newsagents, including Cameron's in Dereham, think of the campaign so far?


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'Not a lot at the moment, to be honest,' she said. 'Whoever gets in, I don't think they are going to be any different.'

But would having a Cameron at the helm help get the country out of the mess it is in?

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'I don't think he is the right leader, I just don't think he will do enough for this country,' she added. 'My dad is 88, he fought in the war and was in the RAF and then went in to the civil service. He is now unable to look after himself and paying more than �600 a week in care bills.

'I don't think the Conservatives are going to do anything about that. He has worked hard all his life and to have all his money going on looking after him, I really think that's wrong. I really do think one of the parties should do something about that.

So if not Cameron which of the others would she opt for?

'I don't know who we are voting are at the moment, we are very undecided,' she added. 'We are usually Conservative, but I don't think they are going to do it for us.'

Mr Clegg

Alan Clegg, a retired chemical engineer, from North Wooton, near King's Lynn, has been keeping a close eye on the contest so far and has been particularly struck to see a Clegg featuring so prominently in the news.

But the 66-year-old has concerns about the 'presidential' style of the leaders' debates.

'I've cut out the headlines about Clegg being as popular as Churchill and stuck them on my noticeboard,' Mr Clegg said. 'The debates that are going on are really derived from the presidential system, we're supposed to have a parliamentary system in this country.'

He also dismissed the focus on the looks and personalities of their candidates and their wives as 'utterly irrelevant'.

'If you go back to the great prime ministers of the past, most of them didn't get a chance to speak publicly, because there was no means to do it,' he added. 'Cameron hasn't caught the public's imagination, I can't explain why. He appears to be about style and so many people have said that. The more you hear the less you understand what he represents.

'People are bored stiff with Gordon Brown, he's a 'gloomadon'. I'd find it really hard to vote Gordon Brown.'

So would the 66-year-old cast his vote for his namesake?

'Just because he has got the same name, I wouldn't vote for him,' Mr Clegg added. 'I don't think it makes sense to have a prime minister with such novice status or such radical ideas.

'It might end up as Cameron, but it wouldn't be for any good reason, simply because there really isn't much option.'

Mr Brown

Unlike his political namesake, Gregory Brown, from Yarmouth Road in Norwich, admitted he liked the prospect of a hung parliament.

'I think a balanced parliament is a good idea certainly to get more power back in to the debating chamber in the House of Commons,' Mr Brown said.

'I think Gordon was very predictable, he has kept to his guns,' Mr Brown added. 'He comes across as solid and dependable, but he isn't very exciting. I don't have anything against Cameron, but I don't see him as being particularly good for the country.

'They are talking about immigration and I'm not against immigration, but I don't like the way that the population is ballooning up here with all the development that goes along with that. It seems to be going on too quickly with the Rackheath development and the Northern distributor road and I do see it heading towards a Peterborough or Milton Keynes situation.'

So would the 59-year-old support Mr Clegg?

'I'm an environmental scientist and was a great supporter of Ian Gibson mainly because he was a scientists, but I'm not a natural Labour supporter and am quiet sympathetic to the Greens and will probably vote for them - though if I really thought the Lib Dems could win in my particular seat in Norwich North, I might vote for them.'

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