Yesterday you made a speech in which you stressed your commitment to a new
kind of politics. In particular, you laid great emphasis on the need to find ways to re-engage young people. I have long believed that a television debate between the main Party Leaders during the General Election campaign would be an excellent way to achieve that. It would be informative and interesting. It would bring politics to life. So I was very surprised that a day after you promised a new kind of politics, you chose to rule out such a debate.
It is true, of course, that we have the opportunity to debate matters at Prime Minister’s Questions. But that is a very different matter to a proper television
debate during a General Election campaign – when Parliament is not sitting, and
when people will be most receptive to engaging in political discussion. I am sure, on reflection, that you will want to re-consider your position. I remain ready to hold such a debate, either between the two of us, or including the Liberal Democrat Leader, whenever the opportunity arises.
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
Cameron Puts Brown on the Spot over Debate
Delighted to see David Cameron putting Brown on the spot over his refusal to hold a debate with the other two party leaders during a general election campaign. Here's his letter to Brown...