Earlier today I spoke to the chair of “Ask the Chancellors” Krishnan Guru-Murthy about the importance of the debates in the General Election.
He said: “I think all the debates have been massively overhyped. I think our interview with the Chancellors was a really interesting hour of television which showed the three men up against each other. It gave you another set of parameters on which to judge.
“But it mustn’t be overstated. The leaders’ debates probably won’t dramatically change things. They’ll be written up as hugely significant events because everyone is focused on them.”
“I will personally be very surprised if huge numbers of people are going to change the way they are going to vote based on these television debates. Apart from anything else with the leaders’ debates the rules are so strict that it’s going to be very hard to really reveal greatly new things.
Every person is going to go in with one objective which is not screw up.”
There will be three Prime Ministerial debates in the run-up the election.
The first debate, screened on ITV1 and moderated by Alastair Stewart, will be filmed in the North West of England and will be based on domestic affairs.
The second debate will be screened on Sky News and moderated by Adam Boulton. It’ll be filmed in the South-West and discuss international affairs.
The final debate will be screened on BBC1, moderated by David Dimbleby, and will focus on economic affairs. The programme will be based in the Midlands.