A Liberal Democrat who does not like the general election leaders debates
You would have thought that all Liberal Democrats would be delighted with the televised leaders debates after Nick Clegg's performance that has seen the party soar in the polls.
But their parliamentary candidate for Garston and Halewood Paula Keaveney believes they are bad for democracy.
She admits on her blog that it is a minority view, but in well reasoned blog post she argues against the leaders debates.
Here's a selection:
I already feel that politics in this country is becoming too Presidential, too fixed on a few lead characters.
These debates can only hasten that change.
We should be making our decisions based on principles and policies. Instead I fear that Presidential style debates will mean we end up making decisions based on whether or not someone made a gaffe on TV (remember George Bush looking at his watch) or whether someone made a good put down (remember the remark about Dan Quayle).
What's more, in a General Election we vote in constituencies and most of us aren't voting for the party leaders. I will be voting Paula Keaveney for example! My worry is that as more and more is transferred to this national Presidential approach, people will feel less and less interested in who actually they are choosing to represent them.
To read the full blogpost click HERE.