TV debates

Chaotic BBC debate fails to move the dial

31 May 2017 21:37

The BBC’s seven-way election debate proved that you can’t have a proper debate with seven people in it. It was…

Theresa May is right to say no to a TV debate

19 April 2017 14:47

I worked on the first TV debate of the Scottish referendum. I was involved in countless more. I was to…

Last night’s debate was Donald Trump vs Himself. And Trump lost

27 September 2016 12:47

As a general rule, presidential debates don’t change much. The winning and the losing matters much less than you think.…

Six things to expect from tonight’s Trump vs Clinton TV debate

26 September 2016 13:37

Tonight’s first televised debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, on Long Island, New York, is expected to generate a…

Number 10 might be more confident than ever of EU referendum victory, but they’re still trying to load the debate dice

23 April 2016 10:00

Downing Street is more confident than it has ever been that the EU referendum will be won. It is not…

Campaign kick-off: 20 days to go

17 April 2015 9:38

The third week of the election campaign looks set to end with a day of reflection. Last night’s opposition leaders’…

Listen: The Spectator’s verdict on the opposition leaders’ TV debate

16 April 2015 23:23

Ed Miliband managed to surpass expectations in tonight’s opposition leaders’ debate. In this View from 22 podcast special, Fraser Nelson,…

Ed Miliband’s gamble paid off but the Scottish question still haunts him

16 April 2015 22:56

Ed Miliband took a risk by turning up to this debate and until the last question it looked like it…

Why Ed Miliband is taking part in tonight’s TV debate

16 April 2015 18:16

Tonight Ed Miliband takes one of the big risks of the campaign. He debates with Nicola Sturgeon, Nigel Farage, Leanne…

Campaign kick-off: 21 days to go

16 April 2015 10:00

Now that all the manifestos are in the public domain, we are back onto more conventional campaign territory. The big…

Ruth Davidson, Scotland’s Iron Lady, could be just what the Tories need

8 April 2015 18:40

Nicola Sturgeon has been described as a rock star politician. In Tuesday’s STV debate she looked like one who is…

The Scottish TV debates offer Labour one final chance to hold back the SNP advance

7 April 2015 10:57

Tonight’s Scottish leaders’ debate in Edinburgh is as important to the general election campaign as last week’s debate featuring Cameron,…

Tories convinced ‘moment of maximum danger’ has passed

5 April 2015 12:45

On Thursday night, David Cameron didn’t eviscerate the competition. But nor did he suffer any damage and that, to Tory…

In a seven-way debate, the truth-evaders can wriggle free

3 April 2015 13:14

They won’t do that again. Seven leaders lined up like skittles all nervously fingering their plastic lecterns. In charge was…

Listen: The Spectator’s verdict on the TV leaders’ debate

3 April 2015 0:05

The snap polls suggest there was no immediate winner of the televised leaders’ debate on ITV — so what happened?…

The TV leaders’ debate was a well-mannered affair and no one messed up

2 April 2015 23:41

That was a surprisingly well-mannered debate, tightly moderated, with the main chaos coming from the member of the audience who decided…

As it happened: the TV leaders’ debate

2 April 2015 19:46

Welcome to The Spectator’s live coverage of the seven-way leaders’ debate on ITV. We’ll be providing the latest developments and analysis on the programme,…

The challenge for insurgents and ex-insurgents in tonight’s TV debate

2 April 2015 10:24

The party leaders have been reflecting on the challenges facing them ahead of tonight’s TV debates. Nigel Farage said this…

Exclusive: Nick Clegg enlists Basil Fawlty to play Farage in TV debate rehearsals

1 April 2015 7:24

Tomorrow’s TV debate between the seven party leaders is the chance for the insurgent parties to muscle up to the…

Can Natalie Bennett exceed expectations on Thursday night?

31 March 2015 12:09

Few politicians can have gone into a debate with lower expectations than Natalie Bennett. After her ‘brain fade’ on LBC,…