The Second Leaders’ Debate, UK general election campaign 2010  » TV  »
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  • The focus this week during the themed first half of the show was on foreign affairs, and I have to confess to being quite disappointed with the way it was handled
  • I did think that he had the best closing line though - It can
  • Gordon Brown had also definitely upped his game, and when he was fairly sure of his ground, such as on the subject of Trident he seemed quite comfortable
  • All in all, I think it was a more even debate than the first one, but in my view not a better or more enlightening one than last week's

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      The second of the live leaders’ debates to be held during this year’s U.K. general election campaign was, I thought, less of an interesting affair than the first one, and not only because that first debate had had the obvious advantage of being something of a novelty. This time around the debate was broadcast on Sky News, and to be perfectly honest I did not really think that Adam Boulton, who was acting as moderator, was all that good.

      That surprised me quite a bit, seeing as he is a very experienced journalist and TV presenter, and usually well worth listening to.

      The focus this week during the themed first half of the show was on foreign affairs, and I have to confess to being quite disappointed with the way it was handled. There was a lot of time spent on the EU, which was fair enough, but almost nothing on terrorist threats overseas, whether or not the Iraq ...


      • war had helped the rise of militant Islam, or the rights and wrongs of China’s projection of its soft power into developing African nations. Far too much time, on the other hand, was spent on a strange question about the Pope’s forthcoming visit to Britain.

        Nick Clegg had a reasonably good debate, but unsurprisingly he was unable to repeat his tour de force of last week. I did think that he had the best closing line though - “It can”.

        David Cameron was perhaps the marginal victor, and was more assured than last week, though he didn’t land a real knockout blow. Gordon Brown had also definitely upped his game, and when he was fairly sure of his ground, such as on the subject of Trident he seemed quite comfortable. All in all, I think it was a more even debate than the first one, but in my view not a better or more enlightening one than last week’s.




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