I didn’t watch the debate last night as I’ve always considered such things to be unsavoury slanging matches which is apparently what happened last night, again.
However, for what it’s worth, I thought Theresa May was absolutely right to stay away for three specific reasons:
First, she had always said that she wouldn’t take part in such things and to change her mind at the last minute would have played right into the hands of those who attack her for being indecisive. But equally, that decision would only have been made in response to Labour suddenly deciding at the last minute that Corbyn would attend so for her to follow suit in response would have inferred that she was running scared of the opposition. One that the other six would have exploited to the full live on air. Why risk that?
Second, it was always going to turn into a bear pit and as a consequence, she had nothing to gain personally from taking part, but everything to lose.
Thirdly, by sending Amber Rudd, who apparently did well, what she did do was show that she has a strong team around her. Compare that to Labour and the ongoing car crash that is Diane Abbott for example, and that was clearly an excellent move.
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