ronin - 8:06 pm on Apr 21, 2010 (gmt 0)
Whilst I approve of the idea of live, televised debates, I wince when I see three Prime Ministerial candidates debating head-to-head.
I thought we were supposed to have a Cabinet-led Parliamentary Democracy but you'd be hard-pressed to see any evidence for it. All the debates achieve is to consolidate in the popular imagination that the British Prime Minister is "like a President" when he or she isn't. (Regardless of how Thatcher and Blair's runaway egos liked to portray themselves).
The Prime Minister is just the First Minister in a Cabinet of Ministers.
I'd prefer to see debating teams of four or five, on each podium, with each member taking turns to respond to relevant questions.
Any chance of a revival of cabinet-led government any time soon?