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WillPS
Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
Was there any doubt this would happen?

Channel 4 have expressed they would like to do one IIRC, but I've not heard anything of it.
Live at five with Jeremy1,113 posts since 7 Mar 2009
UTV Newsline
I predict a huge debate about the debate from UKIP at not being involved in the main debates that a) could bring down the debates or b) overshadow the actual debates. UKIP will have a good case to put forward to be included in the debates which will lead to wrangling among party leaders and could be a banana skin for the television executives.
buster1,782 posts since 15 Mar 2006
London London
Was there any doubt this would happen?



In a word, yes. For years and years the parties couldn't agree on the terms - in particular Blair turned them down at the height of his popularity because he knew he had everything to lose. 2010 was a unique situation where all the parties felt they could benefit from them -and in the end it turned out to be the Lib Dems who got the biggest boost by putting them on the same platform, which you could argue eroded the vote for Labour and the Tories and ultimately led to the coalition. So I think they were all wary about doing them again, it was never a done deal. Will be interesting to hear what (if anything) is changing regarding the format.
Mike W4,931 posts since 30 Apr 2006
London London
I take it no boos or clapping will be allowed again. At least the Scottish versions were more proper with boos and clapping.

Politics =/= Entertainment...

However sometimes it is entertaining, so I'll grant you that!
Oh it's such a perfect day, I'm glad I spent it with you...
62305823,632 posts since 19 Aug 2005
Iain grey got a very nasty response from the audience during that debate, I take it the Westminster people don't want that sort of judgement to fall upon them.

Of course a kick in the teeth on a sinking ship want really matter.
buster1,782 posts since 15 Mar 2006
London London
and in the end it turned out to be the Lib Dems who got the biggest boost by putting them on the same platform, which you could argue eroded the vote for Labour and the Tories and ultimately led to the coalition.

Yes, it was so successful their number of MPs dropped from the previous election.


Their share of the rose compared with 2005, but thanks to our wonderful electoral system they in fact lost seats overall.
Brekkie32,285 posts since 4 Jan 2003
HTV Wales Wales Today
And it's thanks to our wonderful election system they'll hopefully be wiped out next time around for betraying their core vote. Lib Dems only want PR because it means they'd never be an outright winner so they'd effectively always be in power as part of a coalition.
I preferred the internet when it had a sense of humour.
bilky asko5,557 posts since 9 Sep 2006
Tyne Tees Look North (North East)
and in the end it turned out to be the Lib Dems who got the biggest boost by putting them on the same platform, which you could argue eroded the vote for Labour and the Tories and ultimately led to the coalition.

Yes, it was so successful their number of MPs dropped from the previous election.


Their share of the rose compared with 2005, but thanks to our wonderful electoral system they in fact lost seats overall.

By a huge 1 percent! Whoopee!