— Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) January 22, 2015
Leaders Debates; Oi…What about me?
— George Galloway (@georgegalloway) January 22, 2015
â€œbroadcasters remain committed to providing election debates in #GE2015..we will continue to work with all the parties to ensure they happen
— Adam Boulton (@adamboultonSKY) January 22, 2015
Seven participants is just too many
Not long to go before the election campaign starts and this afternoon the broadcasters put forward a new proposal on leaders’ debates which, for the first time, brings in SNP/PC as well as the Greens.
Two of the debates; those hosted by ITV and BBC would feature all seven parties – the third, Sky’s, would just be Miliband and Cameron.
Seven participants is quite simply far too many. We see such sessions take place in the early stages of the US presidential election primaries and having so many on the stage hardly makes for good TV or help inform voters.
The big question is whether Number 10 will block this latest plan and, if so, for what reason.
My view remains. Cameron and his team don’t want them and will find a reason not to co-operate.