Would it not make more since to have three sperate debates for the nations? At the same time?
Not if they want the leaders of the parties to be on them all
Leaders of Scottish Labour, Welsh Conservatives... Then you still have your Prime Ministerial debate for the whole of the UK.
But in terms of leadership the leaders of Scottish Labour and Welsh Conservatives are unlikely to be PM. You have to be able to see a potential PM from the main Labour or Conservative party debate whether you live in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland or Wales.
Of course you can run additional debates for the nations, but you can't replace the national debate.
That's the dichotomy of our style of democracy. You vote for a local representative, but you also vote for who you want to lead the country, at the same time.
I think it might make more sense to run additional debates on the economy, health, employment etc. with spokespeople from the parties involved - possibly on the 24 hour news channels. That would at least give you an idea what you might actually be voting for.
Last edited by noggin on 24 January 2015 8:22pm