Neill Harvey-Smith

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Election Debates’ Verdict: Obama wins Third Presidential Debate

Election Debates has declared Barack Obama the winner of the Third Presidential Debate. [Watch the debate] Though the panel was split on the winner, all judges agreed it was a close debate – and for substantially the same reasons. The main reason for the tightness of this debate was a lack of real debate. From … Continue reading

Harvey-Smith: Romney wins Third Presidential Debate

Winner: Mitt Romney Scores: Romney 77 | Obama 75 Judge: Neill Harvey-Smith Reasons: I score it a narrow win to Mitt Romney, whose superior manner and improving confidence edged a disappointing debate. This is a debate that Obama supporters will think Obama won and Romney supporters will feel that Romney won. Romney appeared to have … Continue reading

Election Debates’ Verdict: Romney wins First Presidential Debate

The Election Debates’ panel has declared Mitt Romney the winner of the First Presidential Debate. The panel was split 5-1 in favour of the Republican challenger. Both speakers provided a clear contrast in the first of their three debates: Romney punchy, Obama meandering; Romney aggressive, Obama passive; Romney confident, Obama ponderous. In the end it … Continue reading

Harvey-Smith: Romney wins First Presidential Debate

Winner: Mitt Romney Scores: Obama 72 | Romney 81 Judge: Neill Harvey-Smith Reasons: A clear win. Mitt Romney grew in confidence and succeeded in putting across a moderate, bi-partisan image. Overall, Romney made clearer contrasts, conveyed greater passion and used better examples and metaphors to shine light into the bog of numbers. Barack Obama explained, … 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

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

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

Harvey-Smith: Clegg wins second UK leaders’ debate

Judge: Neill Harvey-Smith Winner: Nick Clegg Scores: Brown 80 | Cameron 76 | Clegg 82 Nick Clegg gave a strong and assured performance, handling the expected attacks from other leaders very well and arguing with clarity and optimism. David Cameron was more fluent than last week and stronger stylistically. But he managed to sound like … 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