2010 UK Election

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Tommy Tonner (1973-2013)

Ray D’Cruz Tommy Tonner, one of our foundation adjudicators, passed away on 16 September 2013 after an illness. He was just 40 years old. Tommy excelled as a debater and adjudicator. As a debater, he was a member of the Strathclyde University team that regularly featured in UK and international finals.  As a judge he … Continue reading

2010 Year in Review

2010 was a busy year: four debates (three UK debates and one Australian) with Election Debates’ quoted, cited and published in Australia, the UK and US. A partnership in Nigeria to run an Election Debates’ Workshop. Plus some great new judges added to our panel and more than 15,000 visitors. United Kingdom Debates There was … Continue reading

Did it really matter, in the end? The UK election debate wrap

Opinion by Ray D’Cruz The dust has settled on both the 2010 UK election and the first series of televised leaders’ debates, begging some questions: Were the debates worthwhile? Did they matter, in the end? What should be done differently next time? Are there lessons for other countries? Were the debates worthwhile? Undeniably, yes. In … Continue reading

UK election debate epilogue

Opinion by Neill Harvey-Smith By the end of April, the Liberal Democrats had broken through to a consistent 30% in opinion polls on the back of the third impressive performance by their leader, Nick Clegg. The Guardian published an interview on Friday April 30th in which he claimed the election was a “two-horse race” between his party … Continue reading

Election Debates’ verdict: Clegg wins third UK leaders’ debate

Election Debates’ seven-member adjudication panel has give the third UK leaders’ debate to Nick Clegg in a split decision. Three judges gave the debate to Nick Clegg, two to David Cameron and two to Gordon Brown. There was less division about the loser – five judges had Brown last. View the debate here (courtesy of … Continue reading

Flynn: Clegg wins third UK leaders’ debate

Judge: Colm Flynn Winner: Nick Clegg Score: Clegg 75 | Cameron 74 | Brown 73 Overall a poor debate with a lack of real economic analysis from any speaker. Clegg wins because while he flopped on the banks his arguments on taxation fairness, openness about necessary cuts, realism on immigration and housing seemed more honest.  Cameron … Continue reading

Salahuddin: Clegg wins third UK leaders’ debate

Judge: Omar Salahuddin Winner: Nick Clegg Scores: Clegg 81 | Cameron 80 | Brown 77 Being the last debate in a series of three, it was important that the ‘degree of separation’ (distinction between policies on the same issues) was distinct and unequivocal. In this respect, I felt that the debate was much closer than hitherto and … Continue reading

Harvey-Smith: Cameron wins third UK leaders’ debate

Neill Harvey-Smith Winner: David Cameron Scores: Cameron 85 |Clegg 80 | Brown 77 David Cameron gave a brilliant performance in the final debate. He achieved three things simultaneously. He seemed Prime Ministerial – strong, positive and composed; he put Nick Clegg under real pressure over his policies on the Euro, immigration and VAT; he also … Continue reading

Hume: Cameron wins third UK leaders’ debate

Judge: Andy Hume Winner: David Cameron Scores: Cameron  79 | Clegg  77 | Brown 74 This was a debate characterised by a great deal of negativity and criticisms of other parties’ policies; when it came to defending and supporting their own arguments and plans, the leaders seemed less sure-footed. David Cameron put in his best … Continue reading

Election Debates’ verdict: Brown wins second UK Leaders’ Debate

Election Debates’ seven-person panel declares Gordon Brown the winner of the second leaders’ debate in a split decision. Five  members of the panel gave the debate to Brown, while two judges gave the debate to Nick Clegg. No one gave the debate to David Cameron. Moreover, six of the judges thought that Cameron was the … Continue reading