Obviously it's not in the front-runner's interest to take part in a level playing field TV debate which gives equal platform to not only the main opponent(s) but also the barely relevant lame donkeys, right down as far as the parties with one or two MPs if that. If anything, Corbyn should dodge it too in case he gets even more hammered by the smaller parties.
Anyway what's the point in a TV debate, none of them will say anything meaningful that they are likely to adhere to in the future. They might come up with a few soundbites or false promises to help their campaign, but there is also the potential for a gaffe or a Twitter backlash about choice of clothes or something stupid like that.
I agree with the soundbites bit, but on the whole it's a good way to level the playing field a bit, so to speak, being in the same room means (as you say) more chance of catching someone out and less chance to hide behind carefully-planned PR stunts, and the smaller names to show what they're about to a wider audience when they wouldn't otherwise a platform that big. I'll give credit to a certain tabloid though for getting even more audacious
in their defence of the front-runner's decision.
By calling a new election she's basically wiped the slate clean in terms of who's biggest, there are clear bigger names but everyone's back at 0 for the time being. I'm not saying they should have every last candidate
on stage, but last time out they had 7 on there, and I'm guessing the lame donkeys you mention were the Greens (who still got 1.1m votes (Wikipedia not memory telling me that)
) and Plaid Cymru (180k but it's one of those complicated situations due to the SNP's presence). And apparently the 2010 debates (first ones in this long and proud tradition)
are credited with being the thing that showed there are more than just 2 serious contenders.
> I wonder if the SNP have thought about standing for seats in England.
I for one think we could all do with a bit of Scottish flavour
south of the border. In seriousness though, I think there are people in England that would vote for Sturgeon purely because she's competent (with the exception of hopping on that red & black outrage train
, I appreciate Farron's efforts in this department too).
But SNP in England might ironically get it's biggest portion of votes from the Daily Mail types, they seem to want you lot out of the union for trying to get out of a union because we all got out of a union and I've gone metaphorically cross-eyed
> Grey mulletBit too much at the front, really.