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Littlewood asks whether this will be the first and the last election to feature “the leaders debate”..

April 15th, 2010 Posted in Election, UK Politics by

politicalbetting.com shows the following results on  tonight’s leaders debate…

ITV poll:          Clegg 43  Cameron 26  Brown 20

YouGov:          Clegg 51  Cameron 29  Brown 19

Angus Reid:  Clegg 46  Cameron 21  Brown 19

One of the founders of Liberal Vision – Mark Littlewood – (and who is canny on the betting side of all things political (and football) is questioning whether this will be the first and the last election to feature “the leaders debate”.

He may have a point.

Several months back when these things were being tentatively brokered Brown may have thought he had little to lose, with the Tories having carved out a huge lead….. Cameron may have thought he had all to gain (his lead seemingly unassailable) … how wrong they both were. Some might argue that Nick got lucky. To some extent this is true. It certainly was not Lib Dem pressure that squeezed Nick into the debate – that “credit” goes to the broadcaster’s psephologists – who all unequivocally agreed that the Lib Dem leader should be involved. That surely tells us something- (they are no mugs) and perhaps should have told Messrs Brown and Cameron something too.

It’s hard to see any Tory or Labour leader letting this happen again. Talk about giving the Lib Dems a free pass…. Then again….how silly they will look when they refuse…oh ..I am already looking forward to the next election before this one has even got going.

3 Responses to “Littlewood asks whether this will be the first and the last election to feature “the leaders debate”..”

  1. Nonconformistradical Says:

    “It’s hard to see any Tory or Labour leader letting this happen again.”

    Now that the first debate has happened it will be extremely difficult for the party leaders not to take part in similar TV debates at future general elections. Any who try to stop this happening will be accused – rightly – of cowardice.


  2. Ross Says:

    Interesting seeing the polls from last night’s debate. How can the Conservatives and Labour camps say that their leader was the best when clearly to polls say different? The usual political arrogance, effectively saying that the public are wrong in their assessment.


  3. Gandhi Says:

    They’ll struggle to avoid debates in future now. I wonder if a hand-puppet might have come second to Clegg but ahead of Brown/Cameron, given the chance. Just shows how much choice we don’t get.