Ray D’Cruz

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Key wins First NZ Leaders’ Debate

Winner: John Key Scores: Key 79 | Goff 77 Judge: Ray D’Cruz New Zealand Prime Minister John Key (National) edged opposition leader Phil Goff (Labour) in the First Leaders’ Debate. He won for two reasons: first, he was more consistent; and second, Mr Goff failed to show that New Zealand needs a change of direction. … 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

Debacle demonstrates need for debates commission

Opinion by Ray D’Cruz The dare and counter-dare for more Australian election debates now heads into its fifth, excruciating week. As of tonight, another debate might happen, but it’s in the hands of party operatives. What a reassuring thought. If you want conclusive proof that election debates should be taken out of the hands of … Continue reading

Who should ask the questions in the UK leaders’ debates?

Opinion by Ray D’Cruz One question being addressed by some political commentators in Britain is just who should be asking the questions in the three leaders’ debates.  There are four potential questioners, so far as I can see: The candidates The public The moderator  A panel of journalists Candidates In the UK debates, candidates should … Continue reading

Obama wins second presidential debate: D’Cruz

Judge: Ray D’Cruz Winner: Obama Scores: Obama 84 | McCain 78 Reasons: Senator Barack Obama won the second presidential debate of the 2008 US election. Obama was stronger than Senator John McCain over a wide range of issues. On the economy, Obama explained the bailout persuasively and outlined his plan for the middle class. McCain … Continue reading

Biden wins vice presidential debate: D’Cruz

Judge: Ray D’Cruz Winner: Biden Scores: Biden 85 | Palin 73 Reasons: Senator Joe Biden had a strong win over Governor Sarah Palin in the 2008 US vice-presidential debate. Perhaps most telling difference in this debate was Biden’s superior matter. He was able to strengthen his arguments through a very strong command of detail. Palin … Continue reading

McCain wins first presidential debate: D’Cruz

Judge: Ray D’Cruz Winner: McCain Scores: McCain 80 | Obama 76 Reasons I gave a narrow win to McCain. Obama started very strongly (and clearly, for example, the four conditions attached to the economic rescue plan) as debate focused on the international economic crisis. But as the debate moved to more traditional foreign affairs issues such as … Continue reading

Judge Profile – Ray D’Cruz

Ray is the author of the World Parliamentary Rules, used by the World Universities Debating Championships, World Masters and numerous national parliamentary competitions. Ray is also editor and contributing author of the Australia-Asia Debating Guide, the primary debating text for three on three debate in Australia and Asia and the rules for the AustralAsian Intervarsity Debating … Continue reading