There are three televised debates scheduled for April, two featuring seven of the U.K’s party leaders, and a third one-on-one debate between prime minister David Cameron and Labour leader Ed Miliband. However, Downing Street is insisting that there be only one.
The BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky intend to host the debates with or without the prime minister, who is now being portrayed as a coward over social media. Miliband has said Cameron was “running scared” and that he’ll “debate him anytime, anyplace, anywhere.” But the prime minister insists that the two debate constantly within the House of Commons, making any further head-to-heads overly redundant.
This is a complete shift in stance following Cameron’s strong support of televised debates during the 2010 election campaign. But perhaps not completely surprising, as the prime minister now has much more to be criticised for. Not least of which is the fact that he’d apparently prefer to avoid telling the British people about his party’s intentions should they be re-elected.
Because after all, if you really think about it, it would lead to less broken promises.