Saturday, 1 August 2009

Brown Televised Election Debate

Baron Mandelson of Foy in the county of Herefordshire and Hartlepool, First Secretary of State, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and Lord President of the Council, AKA the prime minster, seems to be agreeing to a TV debate between party leaders, on Browns behalf and in his absence. Which begs the question, what's Mandelson up to?

I watch PMQ's and say without doubt, this is going to be awful for Brown, combined with his body language issues it will however make for very entertaining viewing and a YouTube hit in the waiting. Which does make you wonder why Mandelson would risk this, other than perhaps being a secret Tory, the most likely answer is he knows he has nothing to loose and it could mark the start of a new narrative for Labour. With Brown's approval rating at 19%, how much worst could it get?

Cameron could make a mistake, he has however had a lot of practice at PMQ's, the only real mistakes he makes are pursing the wrong line of questioning and seeming too aggressive at times. The wild card here is Nick Clegg, this would give him good air time and when Clegg's on form he's very articulate, honest and pointed.

Mandelson using this debate as a way to springboard an offensive against the Tories, but also to try to re-engage voters, just seems a little Thelma and Louise to me.

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