David Grossman: Prime Minister, on Breakfast News in 1987 you said that Margaret Thatcher should accept the then Leader of the Opposition's invitation to debate him live on television. You said it was only right for the British people to see the two protaginists debate each other. However, today you ruled out such a debate. What has changed in the intervening period?
Gordon Brown: Well, er, you know, er... blah....blah...not a presidential system....blah... play for time...plenty of opportunity to question me in the House of Commons...blah...not a presidential system....blah...ok?
I have rarely seen Brown so rattled. David Cameron should challenge him every week to debate with him live on TV. Brown's obviously going to bottle it.
UPDATE: Caroline Spelman has entered the fray... "Yesterday Gordon Brown said he wanted to look at ways of increasing engagement and introducing a ‘new style politics’. Today he is running away from that ‘new style of politics’ by ducking the opportunity to engage the electorate in a TV debate. It is yet another example of the same old spin from Gordon Brown. He cannot be the change the country needs."