David Cameroon, the Prime Minister of Britain, has been accused of being scarred of a political debate with the labor leader, Ed Miliband. It is said that he has been trying to bully the broadcasters in the matter of one-to-one election debate on TV.
The Prime Minister, Cameroon, has agreed only for one election debate involving multiple political party leaders and not a direct one-to-one debate with the labor leader. As per an announcement from the 10 Downing Street, Cameroon was ready to participate in an election debate of 90-minute duration along with minimum of six other party leaders by the end of March. Labor’s Chair of Election Strategy, Douglas Alexander MP, told that the attempt of the Prime Minister to bully broadcasters to drop the proposal of a one-to-one debate between Cameroon and Miliband was outrageous. The response of Cameroon within hours of Ed Miliband’s call for a political debate with him was indicative of his being scared of the proposal, he added. Nick Clegg, Liberal Democrat leader, said through a post on the Twitter that the British people deserved a debate between the two, and abstaining from it would amount to holding the public to ransom.
The response of Cameroon came through a letter by Craig Oliver, Cameroon’s communications director, to the chair of the broadcasters’ leaders’ debates committee, Sue Inglish. The letter proposed a 90-minute debate among seven political party leaders before the start of the election campaign. It further said that besides the Prime Minister, leaders of six other political parties including the Green Party, Liberal Democrats, Labour, SNP, UKIP, and Plaid Cymru should participate. DUP should be permitted to make a case for itself as to why should it be included in the debate. The letter added that though the debate could be allowed to be aired by all interested in doing so, the right to host the debate could be decided by a draw of the lot if they could not agree on a person unanimously.
The broadcasters including the BBC, Channel 4, Sky, and ITV issued a joint statement confirming the receipt of the proposal through emails from the office of the Prime Minister. The statement added that broadcasters were committed to election debates for the benefit of the people, and referred to the debates aired in 2010 that helped people align with the election. The statement further announced that broadcasters were in touch with relevant parties, and they would respond to the proposal of the Conservatives in due course. Channel 4 and Sky News want to host a head-to-head debate between Cameroon and Miliband on 30th of April, while ITV and the BBC have proposed to organize a debate involving leaders like Cameroon, Miliband, Nick Clegg, Natalie Bennett of the Greens, Nigel Farage of UKIP, Nicola Strugeon of SNP, and Leanne Wood of Plaid Cymru.
A poll conducted by Sky News reveal that 79% people may not vote for a leader who refused to participate in a political debate. Miliband hoped that Cameroon would desist from making excuses, and agree to a one-to-one debate on TV.
The Prime Minister, Cameroon, responded to all proposals by commenting that he had been very clear on the issue of debate which, he said, should begin prior to the start of the election campaign as proposed.