Live Election Debates – Democracy in the UK

As most will know in the UK we have for the first time having election debates televised live (on the 15th April, 22nd April and the 29th April 2010).

For those who keep up with the news will know that from some corners there has been a lot of anger and disgrace over these debates.

The loudest shouts have been coming from the Scottish National Party (SNP) and Plaid Cymru (PC) but also from the UK’s 4th largest party the United Kingdon Independence Party (UKIP) and the 6th largest the Green Party of England & Wales.

Ofcom states:

“The allocation of party political and election broadcasts is determined mainly on the basis of the parties electoral strength and the number of seats they are contesting.”

Strength: SNP are in government in Scotland, PC are in jointly in the Welsh assembly.

Seats Contested: The Green Party and UKIP are standing in around 50% of constituencies.

The SNP will get a Scottish live debate as will PC in Wales however it goes without saying that the coverage will be much smaller.

As has been seen with the live debates that the Liberal Democrats have seen a surge in the polls, including the likes of the others could have radically change the face of the political system in the UK


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