2010 UK Election

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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

Coaching the speakers: strategies for the second UK leaders’ debate

Opinion by Ray D’Cruz We learnt a lot from the first leaders’ debate: Gordon Brown is pretty good at avoiding discussions about the past. David Cameron either doesn’t like arguing or still doesn’t know why he should be PM. Nick Clegg likes to rise above it all. None of the speakers really want to debate, … Continue reading

Hume: Clegg wins first UK leaders’ debate

Judge: Andy Hume Winner: Nick Clegg Scores: Clegg 80 | Brown 77 | Cameron 75 This was quite a close debate, which was in my view won by the Liberal Democrats’ Nick Clegg. Clegg exploited his advantage as leader of the third party quite skilfully, displaying an informal and persuasive speaking style and breaking the fourth wall … Continue reading

Harvey-Smith: Clegg wins first UK leaders’ debate

Judge: Neill Harvey-Smith Winner: Clegg Scores: Brown 69  | Cameron 68 | Clegg 72 Cameron was unable to frame the debate as challenger versus incumbent, and therefore did not pin responsibility on Gordon Brown for his administration. This was a strategic failure, with Cameron winning battles but losing the war. He did get clear messages across … Continue reading

D’Cruz: Brown wins first UK leaders’ debate

Judge: Ray D’Cruz Winner: Brown Scores: Brown 81 | Clegg 78 | Cameron 77 Brown won a reasonably close debate: he kept his messages clear and simple, but still managed to convey policy detail. He made fewer mistakes than the other two speakers. There was no knock out blow in this debate.  Everyone did reasonably … 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

Ganesan: Brown wins first UK leaders’ debate

Judge: Praba Ganesan Winner: Gordon Brown Scores: Brown 85| Cameron 78 | Clegg 82 Brown wins the debate by winning three issues, and remaining close in three others, while sustaining a consistent thematic line which allowed his positions to have better thrust and persuasion in the debate. Clegg who came second had strong issues grasp … Continue reading

Brown, Cameron & Clegg: expectations and goals for the televised debates

Opinion by Andy Hume One of the strengths of the coverage at Election Debates is that these debates will be adjudicated by experienced judges from other countries, not just the UK, with few if any preconceived opinions of the men they are listening to. The domestic media narrative, by contrast, will be shaped to a … Continue reading