The Great Debate UK

Such stuff as political careers are made on


- Mark Kobayashi-Hillary is the author of several books, including ‘Who Moved my Job?’ and ‘Global Services: Moving to a Level Playing Field’. He is participating in the Reuters Election 2010 politics live blog during the leaders’ debates and on election night. The opinions expressed are his own. -

The veteran Channel 4 presenter, Jon Snow, lamented to the Guardian on Wednesday that the fire has gone out of the election campaign because of the televised leader debates.

His view is that instead of a month of constant policy analysis and scrutiny by the press and public alike, as politicians race across the country in coloured coaches, we have a news lull between each televised debate.

And I do have some sympathy with his views – debate does seem to peak every Thursday. It’s been a one-month campaign running up to the election on May 6, with three leader debates on ITV, Sky, and tonight on the BBC.