"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Cameron Writes To Brown

Following the mixed messages earlier today from Drowning Street and Mandelson, David Cameron has written to Gordon Brown asking him to clarify his position on a televised debate:
"Dear Gordon,

I am writing to ask you to clarify the Government’s position on the issue of a television debate between the leaders of the main political parties.

Five months ago, when I challenged you at Prime Minister’s Questions to a televised studio debate, you refused. This morning, Lord Mandelson said you were open to the idea. But within an hour, a Downing Street spokesperson back-tracked, saying this was not the case.

The Government seems to have a number of positions on this. I’ve only ever had one: a prime time televised debate is just what our political system needs.

It would help to energise our democratic process, engage the electorate and restore trust in politics. Democracies across the world – from Australia to America to Brazil to Indonesia – have benefited from the invigorating effects of these debates. Even in Iran a series of television debates was held during the recent election campaign.

Your previous objection was that a televised debate was unnecessary as the issues were aired each week in parliament. But Prime Minister’s Questions simply cannot compete with the accessibility of a primetime studio debate. I want the chance to set out the choice at the next election to many more people than those who watch on a Wednesday lunchtime.

For these reasons I hope you will today make clear your position on this crucial issue."

I think Cameron has decided to take part in Man in a Shed's Silly Week. I hope he isn't expecting a straight answer.


  1. Well Mandy started it!
    It's like pantomime season isn't it?

    He's behind you! Oh no he isn't! Etc, etc.

    And I thought it was getting boring!

  2. They're not playing by the rules are they? Don't they realise they're supposed to use these 82 days to go to ground and give us all a break from their witterings. Instead we've had Mandy on tv day after day so it's even worse than usual!

  3. I begged not to have a silly season, not let the shits rest whilst soldiers are at risk and dying. FFS, keep up.

  4. All of Labour are now mad. It must have spread from the top downwards, rather rapidly.

  5. OR, the silly season exists seperately to the real world. It was ever thus. War goes on regardless and I don't believe any of us have forgotten that?

    The socialists will sink themselves during this period. They cannot resist their innate ability to self destruct, like lemmings running off a cliff.


  6. OR, I see no sign of any blogger giving them 'a rest'. As LN says Silly Season is a separate issue and, from my pov at least, just gives another opportunity to poke fun at them. If you look at my profile you'll see I think humour & ridicule play an important part in pointing a finger at govt. Some blogs are in perpetual rant mode whereas I've always preferred a mix.


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