Colm Flynn

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Flynn: Brown wins second UK leaders’ debate

Judge: Colm Flynn Winner: Gordon Brown Scores: Brown 80 | Clegg 78 | Cameron 73 Tonight we saw a much better debate from Brown. From the opening speeches we had a marked improvement in his performance as the embattled incumbent was replaced by the experienced statesman.  In particular he dominated the first half of the evening with his experience allowing him to … Continue reading

Election Debates’ verdict: no clear winner, but a clear loser in the first UK leaders’ debate

Six Election Debate experts split the first UK leaders’ debate of the 2010 General Election 3-3 to Gordon Brown and Nick Clegg. No one gave the debate to David Cameron. While there was no clear winner, there was a clear loser with four of the six judges identifying Cameron as the wooden spooner. Watch the … Continue reading

Flynn: Clegg wins first UK leaders’ debate

Judge: Colm Flynn Winner: Nick Clegg Score: Clegg 80 | Cameron 75 | Brown 73 This was an interesting experience as living outside the UK I had not been bombarded with the different manifestos of each party.  So what I saw in front of me was more or less all I could go on. The initial couple of … Continue reading

Election Debates’ experts on the UK debate rules

We asked Election Debate experts for some brief observations about the 76-point plan for UK leader debates, agreed by parties and producers earlier this week. Read the 76-point programme format here. Tommy Tonner: This is a ridiculous format which tries badly to import a presidential style debate into a parliamentary system. Two main objections, the … Continue reading

Judge Profile – Colm Flynn

Location: Ireland. Colm is a former Chair of the World Universities Debating Council and is an Emeritus Member of Council.  He has also served on the European Debating Council and Committee. He was Deputy Chief Adjudicator at the World Universities Debating Championships (WUDC) and judged at a total of seven world championships. He has judged the Grand … Continue reading