Be there, or be the democratic deficit!*

By DeusExMacintosh

Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Nick Clegg are preparing to make political history by taking part in Britain’s first ever prime ministerial TV debate.

The party leaders have been rehearsing intensively for the 90-minute US-style live broadcast, in which every word and gesture will be analysed. They will answer questions chosen by the audience and from viewers’ e-mails.

ITV1 will broadcast the show from 2030 BST in Manchester. Sky and the BBC will host debates on successive Thursdays…

The first of the three clashes will focus on domestic affairs, but leaders can air other issues.

BBC News Channel chief political correspondent Laura Kuenssberg said Mr Clegg’s team faced a dilemma about whether he should join in or stand aside, if Mr Brown and Mr Cameron lock horns.

Mr Brown’s team’s main worry was whether the prime minister – who prides himself on his mastery of policy detail – will be able to give punchy answers within the time limit given to leaders.

The Conservatives’ main worry is that Mr Cameron, who is ahead in the polls, has the most to lose.

BBC News

* With apologies to Sarah-Jane Knock


  1. Posted April 15, 2010 at 10:12 pm | Permalink

    Just don’t imitate the stupid ‘worm’ in the Aussie debates.

  2. munroe
    Posted April 16, 2010 at 5:37 pm | Permalink

    I don’t get it. What’s with the smiling schoolgirl?

  3. Posted April 16, 2010 at 6:03 pm | Permalink

    It’s a play on ‘fairer’, especially considering the smiling schoolgirl poster’s provenance.

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