Let’s have a heated debate!

Peter Mandelson says he is open to the idea of televised debates between Gordon Brown and David Cameron in the run up to the general election. Unsurprisingly, Cameron is also keen. Equally unsurprisingly, Gordon Brown is said to oppose the idea:

It has been reported that Mr Brown thinks a televised discussion is unnecessary as he confronts Conservative leader Mr Cameron regularly in Parliament.

Indeed. And nothing at all to do with the fact that he has all the personality and charisma of a mattress. Right now, Gordon Brown is about as likely to win the next election as Harry H. Corbett. Labour’s only hope is that they can somehow stop their leader repelling more voters while hoping the economy makes the most remarkable recovery since Lazarus. Not likely.

So I’m puzzled as to why Mandelson would think this a good idea. Whatever one might think of the man, there’s no denying that he’s a canny political operator and he’s probably more aware of Brown’s personality faults than anyone. Put Brown on a live televised debate against Cameron and it’d make Richard Nixon’s disastrous, sweaty, showing against JFK in 1960 look like a slick and polished performance by comparison.

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4 comments on “Let’s have a heated debate!
  1. ph says:

    Brown bombs, Labour panics, its all too late. Mandy steps in as a care-taker. He won’t win but he might stop the rot. Not a nice man, but clearly competent

  2. Citizen Sane says:

    The question is – will you be voting Conservative next year? Surely they’re not right wing enough for you? They’re essentially social liberals who want to tighten the government purse strings a little.

  3. ph says:

    Its not a question anyone else has asked. Not really sure of what to make of Dave’s gang. Hopefully they won’t be too liberal – is got us nowhere (particularly fiscal liberalism), but at least if they get into power they won’;t be riding a wave of intolerable smugness – a smugness that encouraged labour to piss money away for 10 years.

  4. michael says:

    Gordon Brown has proved on almost every measure that he has failed to govern the UK.
    How can New Labour fight an election based on what Cameron ‘might do’ when Brown has proved without dispute that he unable to govern the UK and has put us into recession and given us years of high taxes and reduced services to pay back the debts!

    How badly does a labour leader have to perform before the Labour hierarchy decide that he (or she) cannot do the job? If Brown was a managing director of a company he would have gone a long time ago!

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