Election debate format

FloatingVoterTralee

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Given the consistent opinion poll trends of the last 12 months, it's almost universally accepted that the traditional FF-FG debate format is obsolete, but it remains unclear how to replace it. If only Gilmore is accommodated, the air of exclusivity remains, yet the inclusion of Adams, Gormley, and Higgins would severely restrict questioning and speaking times. Also, I would be in favour of complementing the RTE showpiece with a Browne-fronted debate on TV3, but given the increased international interest in this election, would there be an argument for BBC News/Sky News input? Finally, a US idea worth importing would be thematic debates - one on international affairs and the EU, another on social issues (crime, immigration, education, health), climaxing in the final gamechanger on the economy.
 


Tomas Mor

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Maybe it should be a balanced debate - in one corner Biffo and Gormely, in the other Kenny and Gilmore.
Basically the two parties in gov, and the two most likely to form the next ?
 

Decadance

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Based on opinion polls it should be FG and Labour in major debates with smaller parties FF, SF and Greens in seperate debates
 


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