Leaders’ Debates Dates For Your Diary

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The provisional dates for the TV debates are:

2 April: ITV – Con, Lab, LibDem, UKIP, Greens, Plaid, SNP

16 April: BBC – Con, Lab, LibDem, UKIP, Greens, Plaid, SNP

30 April: Sky/C4 – Con, Lab

Over to you, Clegg…

Broadcasters Threaten to Empty Chair Leaders

UPDATE:

Tory statement:

“These new proposals are being considered as part of the ongoing discussions about the debates.”

And Labour:

“We will debate anyone the broadcasters choose to invite and we are pleased to see the clear proposal to have three debates all in the general election campaign. The broadcasters have obviously made a very significant move to adopt wholesale the Prime Minister’s proposals and it surely now not possible for him to maintain his opposition to participating in these debates. We relish the opportunity for Ed Miliband to take on David Cameron directly in a head to head debate.”

2012 US TV Debates Had 8 Candidates

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People saying that the 7-way (and maybe with the DUP, 8-way) debate is too complex for TV forget that all the US networks managed it in 2012 with the Republican Party primaries. Even Borgen had 5 candidates. What’s the problem?

Miliband: “I’ll Debate Anyone the Broadcasters Invite”

“I’ll debate anyone the broadcasters invite… It’s not for him, it’s not for me, it’s not for any party leader to decide who is in the debates, it’s up to the broadcasters. That’s the country we live in. Is he really telling the people of Britain that he’s going to deny them the TV debates if he doesn’t get to choose who is in them?”

- Ed Miliband, 14 January 2015.

With the broadcasters expected to propose debates including the SNP, Plaid Cymru and the Greens, the Tories are spinning it “shows the prime minister was right to raise concerns about the original format”. Green Party leader Natalie Bennett is “absolutely delighted” by reports of the revised proposals. Cameron no longer has any excuse left not to do the TV debates and Ed Miliband could not have been any clearer the other day when he said he would “debate anyone the broadcasters invite.” Yet, so far Labour are still “preparing a response.” What about it, Ed?

It Was The Chicken Wot Won It

Guido Squawks responds to the news the Greens have been invited to the TV debates:

Party round his tonight…

BREAKING: Greens Invited to TV Debates

New offer from the broadcasters:

BBC & ITV: one seven-way debate each with Tories, Labour, LibDems, Greens, UKIP, SNP and Plaid Cymru

Sky & C4: Cameron v Miliband head to head

Two debates with 7 candidates, one with two. It was Guido Squawks wot won it…

via @johnplunkett149

Guido Squawks Daily Politics Showdown With Mirror Chicken

Feathers were flying as Guido Squawks made his Daily Politics debut today, though fowl play was suspected as the Mirror Chicken was silent. The Guido chicken revealed he “just wanted to ruffle some feathers” at yesterday’s press conference with Natalie Bennett:

Ed and Nick are being chickens for not explicitly calling for the Greens to take part, instead shirking responsibility to the broadcasters. A poultry excuse…

Vid via @liarpoliticians

GUY NEWS: Eco-Chicken Ruffles Feathers at Green Presser

Natalie Bennett welcomed a very special supporter to her press conference this morning: the free range, eco-chicken Guido Squawks! Why did Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg cross the road? To avoid debating the Greens…

Rich’s Monday Morning View

Nick Clegg Refuses To Back Green Party To Join Leaders’ TV Debates[…]

72% Say Let Greens in Leaders Debate

How much is Dave’s “chicken” debate demand to let the Greens take part hurting him with voters? A YouGov/Sun poll today finds 7 in 10 agree with the PM that Natalie Bennett should be allowed in. Meanwhile, overnight:

Guido […]

PMQs SKETCH: Cameron ‘Frit’ of Farage, Not Miliband

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Eye witnesses in the press gallery had PMQs as a Miliband walkover, but television – reality, that is – told a different story.

You can tile up a number of screens on top of BBC Parliament and watch – say […]

22% Believe Cameron Genuinely Wants TV Debates

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Further proof that you can fool some of the people all of the time, according to YouGov for Times RedBox, 22% believe David Cameron wants a TV debate. Believe that and you’ll believe you can cut taxes, the deficit […]



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