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To say that Britain does not "do" presidential politics is no longer an adequate argument for not holding televised election debates. Like it or not, a modern election is as personal as it is political. Our politicians are adept at using the media when it is in their interests. They no longer just visit a nursery or a shopping centre: they want to ascertain beforehand that the cameras will be there. Is it so unreasonable that we, the voters, should be given the chance to compare the party leaders and their policies in the most accessible way - with debates live on TV? Consecutive appearances on Question Time are a very poor second best.

To say that Britain does not "do" presidential politics is no longer an adequate argument for not holding televised election debates. Like it or not, a modern election is as personal as it is political. Our politicians are adept at using the media when it is in their interests. They no longer just visit a nursery or a shopping centre: they want to ascertain beforehand that the cameras will be there. Is it so unreasonable that we, the voters, should be given the chance to compare the party leaders and their policies in the most accessible way - with debates live on TV? Consecutive appearances on Question Time are a very poor second best.

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