Squeezing Out the Oxygen - or Reviving Democracy?

The History and Future of the TV Election Debates in the UK


Ric Bailey

The impact of the TV debates during the 2010 Election campaign has led many to assume they will now become a permanent feature of UK general elections. This firsthand account examines the arguments over whether debates are appropriate for the UK’s parliamentary democracy, and warns that despite their galvanising impact on the 2010 campaign, future debates cannot be taken for granted if old difficulties recur and some new ones emerge.