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David Dimbleby Suggests That Political Debates Might Not Be A Good Idea

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He mentions Question Time:

Dimbleby, who hosted the BBC's edition of the live head-to-heads between Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Nick Clegg last year, used an awards ceremony on Friday to warn that people could "come to regret" the advent of the TV debates, which look set to become a permanent fixture of the UK political landscape.

"The debates certainly were an innovation. They will change the way electoral campaigns are conducted, not necessarily entirely for the better," said Dimbleby in a video message to the Broadcasting Press Guild awards in central London, where the party leader debates won the innovation prize.

"In one way they are odd because we don't have a presidential system in Britain. We have a parliamentary system. We don't elect prime ministers, we elect parliaments and MPs; we have after all got a coalition now," he added.

"And looking back on it we introduced the debates as the three men who want to be prime minister. What are we going to do at the next election? Maybe say the two men who want to be prime minister and the one man who wants to be deputy prime minister."

Dimbleby said he also had "doubts on another score". "I would hate it if these debates stop people taking part in the kind of thing we do on Question Time. During the campaign the party leaders come in, face the voters and make their case and face fierce criticism from them," he added.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2011/mar/25/david-dimbleby-election-tv-debates?commentpage=last#end-of-comments

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"In one way they are odd because we don't have a presidential system in Britain.... We don't elect prime ministers"

I think we've had a quasi-presidential system since the days of Mrs. T. (post-Falklands Factor). Tony "decent guy" Blair was a continuation of this trend. Major and Brown represented the more traditional style of British PMs, less adept with photo opportunities and sound bites, not quite as charismatic. That's how it seems to me anyway.

There's plenty of people who will vote for anything wearing the right colour rosette, but you get that in the states as well.

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Question time is a joke.

The questions asked are not the questioners own but pre-vetted ones by the BBC. So in response to Dimblebore jog on, your show has nothing to do with political debate and everything to do with pushing the BBC's agenda.

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What debate?

There is no debate. When someone stands up on question time and asks what right any of the panellists have to tell people what they can and can't do, then we will have debate.

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He mentions Question Time:

The buffet is open..... have your fill and comment in case people from Question Time read the article

...this is VI speak from someone who can't even chair a panel....time to be put out to grass old man.... :rolleyes:

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Question time is a joke.

The questions asked are not the questioners own but pre-vetted ones by the BBC. So in response to Dimblebore jog on, your show has nothing to do with political debate and everything to do with pushing the BBC's agenda.

I just listen to it to increase my blood pressure. :huh:

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Most people just want a leader they believe in and to be told what to do. Eg.. Putin in Russia is very popular.

Beta males who try to suck up to the public and win their approval.. just get scorned and hated.

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Dimbleby just seems to hijack the programme to turn it into his own interview show. Not quite as blatantly as his brother does on Any Questions, but it's high time both were eased out.

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Anyone noticed how similar the leaders of the three parties now look?

Male pin-ups. Not a wrinkle. 2nd rate movie bimbos chosen because they look reasonably good and can also say complicated words on camera. They could be clones for all I know!

Welcome to the age of the blonde.

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Dimbleby just seems to hijack the programme to turn it into his own interview show...

With the greatest of respect, I think the Redhat got the the thread title a bit wrong. Corrected:

Political Debates Suggests That David Dimbleby Might Not Be A Good Idea

That's better.

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