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Why it’s time to consign televised political debates to the scrap heap

Corbyn's decision to show up in Theresa May's absence was vindicated—but the format hindered all candidates, and the viewer learnt little

By Sarah Niblock  

Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/PA Images

All it lacked was Graham Norton doing the commentary. The BBC’s staging of last night’s Leaders’ Debate had more in common with a ratings’ driven TV contest than an informative event to help the “undecideds” vote next Thursday. It was as if the seven leaders of the main political parties and their stand-ins were vying for the top slot of most retweeted quote or most viral putdown. Admittedly BBC bosses…

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