Months ago, Conservative leader Mr Cameron called for a TV election debate to be held involving Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg as well.
Sources suggest Mr Brown would rather go “head to head” with the Tory leader and is prepared to take part in a series of debates – some involving Mr Clegg and others not – in order to allow this to happen.
This seems to be yet another gaffe by Brown. Even if Brown extends the proposal to become a series of debates, I think he will find it harder than he expects to exclude the Liberal Democrats. I would predict that Cameron will insist on Clegg’s participation, calculating that it is better than to look fair-minded than join in Brown’s pettiness. Moreover, Boulton, who has been planning his debate, is very clear that it would have to include the Lib Dem leader:
… only three people can possibly be Prime Minister after the next election. The choice will be made from the leaders of the Liberal Democrat, Labour and Conservative Parties – our main Britain-wide political movements.