There is much that is and has been said, and Party-partisan dismissed, about Cameron’s stance that he will submit himself to only one TV debate.
To date, however, no-one has offered what amounts to a rational explanation for this purported act of cowardice. “Purported”? Read on!
Whatever else may be behind all of this and whatever else others may think, the one thing which has not been registered is the presence of the Cameron/Conservative spin-doctorisation as bought by him/them from America. Of one thing above all else that anyone should note is that Cameron’s stance would not have been allowed unless this American spin witch-doctor had not approved it. This close to the election? This close to Cameron? Be real!
Which beggars the question, if this was, in effect, Party policy, Why? Why only one debate? Why ignore the inevitable negative jibes? Why surrender the chance to put forward the Conservative record of achievement? Why would Cameron and the Conservatives want to avoid the limelight?
Answer: because it is a minefield! All of it. The negative jibes, the Conservative record of achievement, the risk of national ridicule and dénoument? Absolute self-inflicted minefield.
The sole logical conclusion is that, by contemptuously deigning to present himself to a single debate (when there may be as many as six other Party leaders present), Cameron can do his usual side-stepping dissembling and double-talking, and, in order to ensure there is equal time for the other leaders, avoid hogging the limelight when his Party’s abject failings would be publicly scrutinised.
If not, why else avoid the opportunity of facing the country? Why else avoid a God-sent opportunity of putting the record straight? Why else duck and dive and dissemble?
They made a film the title of which epitomises his craven capitulation: “Despicable me!”
That’s politics for you!