Televised debates proved very successful in 2010 and millions tuned into watch. 7 million, to be exact. Yet, the Prime Minister is now against them. Apparently, it “sucks the life” out of campaigning – or, gives equal attention to all three big parties. Tory strategists still blame the debates for costing the elusive majority (Tories were on course before ‘Cleggmania’).
Interestingly, the Tories are now against them since the rise of UKIP; some have speculated given them a slot in the debates – if the party comes first in the 2014 European Parliamentary Elections. In general, it will be difficult to prevent a leaders debate because SKY, BBC and ITV are very keen. Channel 4 also expressed an interesting in offering a debate slot, too.
Politics is boring in this country; its so conservative, tedious and limited. France and the United States do a much better job “doing” General Elections. We’re still stuck with traditional style of campaigning.
It’s almost as if the Prime Minister couldn’t care less about low turnout.