Wednesday, 14 January 2015

David Cameron Backs Out Of 'Leaders Live' - Thoughts

'Leaders Live' is a live Youtube show, ran by 'Bite The Ballot' - an impartial, not-for-profit organisation who aim to motivate young people to be more involved in politics and to register to vote - and supported by broadcasters ITV.

Towards the end of 2014, four of the UK's political party leaders took to a panel of young people to answer their questions, as well as those sent via social media in a live hour-long show each. Prime Minister of the country, David Cameron, was supposed to feature in an episode in 2015. However, he has now refused to participate.

Cameron pulling out of the show has caused a lot of anger and backlash online. Under the hashtag #WeWantMore, young people are stating their disappointment and disbelief that he is not taking such an opportunity to win over young voters. The story has also been picked up in the press, including newspapers such as the Independent.

The party leaders who have already taken part in the programme have shared their disgust at Cameron, including Labour leader Ed Milliband and UKIP leader Nigel Farage.

After Cameron's admission that he does not plan on attending his proposed spot on the show, Bite The Ballot have contacted other party leaders, such as Nicola Sturgeon of the SNP and Leanne Wood of Plaid Cymru, who are now considering facing the panel of young people on the show - which I believe could make for an interesting couple of episodes.

David Cameron is quickly obtaining a reputation as a coward amongst the public, especially after his decision to not participate in the TV debates before the general election (whilst pretending it's all in support of the Green party). He will have to do a lot between now and May to prove that this is not the case.

What do you think of David Cameron's recent decisions?

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