Dr Matthew Ashton – politics and media expert in Nottingham Trent University’s School of Social Sciences – has provided an update on the David Cameron TV election debates latest.
He said: “David Cameron may be under pressure today, but shows no real signs of blinking in terms of the broadcasters’ original proposals. His team seems to have made the decision that he can ride out the current furore and that Labour won’t be able to keep the pot boiling on this issue forever. To cave now in any significant way would make him look even weaker.
“They’re hoping that the debate involving multiple leaders will turn into a farcical circus, allowing him to duck the big issues and avoid Labour and UKIP making an easy hit. If he avoids the debates altogether then he could try to look statesman-like, while the other leaders squabble amongst themselves on TV. If he does agree to the proposed digital debate, it will be in the likely knowledge that the viewing figures are likely to be much smaller than they would be on the BBC or ITV.”