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    David Cameron previously stated that he would only take part in the televised debates if the Green party were represented, a wish which he was granted. :banana:Now that the debates have been revised to include 3 extra parties - Greens, SNP and Plaid Cymru - Cameron has decided that he now won't debate until the Northern Ireland parties are represented! :beard:

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk...-10004765.html

    Many have accused Cameron of cowardice in his reluctance to take part in the debates. Is this further proof of this or is he just trying to make them fairer?
    How messy would it be, having 9 politicians on stage all trying to get their point of view across! I thought 7 was going to be pretty chaotic... :afraid:
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    (Original post by Condog10)
    David Cameron previously stated that he would only take part in the televised debates if the Green party were represented, a wish which he was granted. :banana:Now that the debates have been revised to include 3 extra parties - Greens, SNP and Plaid Cymru - Cameron has decided that he now won't debate until the Northern Ireland parties are represented! :beard:

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk...-10004765.html

    Many have accused Cameron of cowardice in his reluctance to take part in the debates. Is this further proof of this or is he just trying to make them fairer?
    How messy would it be, having 9 politicians on stage all trying to get their point of view across! I thought 7 was going to be pretty chaotic... :afraid:
    Good ploy really. Create so much noise and squabbling that nobody learns anything. Then hope the Cameron-Miliband debate goes well.
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    The headline is a bit off, he's saying that Northern Ireland should be there, which is correct, if you're letting the Welsh and the Scottish, why not the Irish, especially when the DUP have almost as many MPs as UKIP-Green-Plaid-SNP combined (ok, no they don't, but they do have kipper+green+snp) but he will be attending.

    And, let's be honest with ourselves, having 9 (especially when SF probably won't turn up so in reality 8), isn't really going to be any worse than 7 given how bad 7 is going to be. I still maintain that the Nationalists should all be represented by a single person who speaks broadly for their rights to independence and/or devolution, just to make it a bit less cluttered.

    I also wouldn't say he's trying to make them fairer, he's in damage limitation mode; the more people you have there the less focus there is on him, also, bringing the DUP in gives him support that he wouldn't have otherwise. It's still ultimately the 1 on 1 that matters, the others are largely irrelevant.
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    Yeah he's pushed his luck now. I was going to give him the benefit of the doubt when he wanted the Greens in there but he's a blatant coward now.
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    (Original post by Condog10)
    David Cameron previously stated that he would only take part in the televised debates if the Green party were represented, a wish which he was granted. :banana:Now that the debates have been revised to include 3 extra parties - Greens, SNP and Plaid Cymru - Cameron has decided that he now won't debate until the Northern Ireland parties are represented! :beard:

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk...-10004765.html

    Many have accused Cameron of cowardice in his reluctance to take part in the debates. Is this further proof of this or is he just trying to make them fairer?
    How messy would it be, having 9 politicians on stage all trying to get their point of view across! I thought 7 was going to be pretty chaotic... :afraid:
    I'm not going to call him a coward for wanting to debate with 11 other political parties, all but 2 of those being focused on regional issues.
 
 
 
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