Corbyn and Johnson go head to head in controversial  ITV debate tonight

Tuesday 19th November 2019

The leaders of all the political parties have been courting the press in a series of photo opportunities and interviews across the country, outlining why the electorate should vote for them and their policies.

Today brings the first televised debate, through which  members of the public can assess their worthiness to reside at No 10 Downing St and it promises to be illuminating.

However, before the television cameras have even rolled, the whole affair is already mired in controversy.

Tonight’s debate will be a head to head between Jeremy Corbyn and Boris Johnson. There will be no other leaders from any other political parties present, which provoked legal action yesterday.

Lawyers representing the Liberal Democrats and the SNP took their case to the Royal Courts of Justice argued that the leaders of these two parties should not be excluded from ITV’s debate declaring that ITV is in breach of its duty to, “ maintain due impartiality and include an appropriate range of significant views.”

It is obvious that given that Brexit has been central to any political discourse at the present time, the fact that neither the Tories or Labour represent a clear Remain voice, does bolster the lawyers deposition.

However, the court did not act in favour of the deposition and the debate will continue this evening as planned.

It is still clear that neither political pundits or politicians are clear about how this election will conclude. Although Johnson does seem to be ahead of Corbyn in most YouGov polls, the effect of various political alliances between different parties could make a marked difference in the marginal seats which will be key to the results on December 12.

Although both men meet regularly across the despatch box in the House of Commons it will be extremely interesting to see how the drama will play out in the confines of a TV studio.

It will be up to Julie Etchingham to keep the politicians on track. She hosted the recent Conservative Party leadership debate and was unable to corral the participants on several occasions, but perhaps with only two voices this time her job may be a little easier.

There will be a marked difference in style between the two leaders, with Johnson likely to rest in his lovable buffoon persona, as Corbyn relies on mild mannered forcefulness.

It will certainly be a chance for the Labour leader to display his suitability for office and, as the current underdog, he could well boost his position in the current race.

In fact polling expert Sir John Curtice has suggested that the two men are locked in, ” an unpopularity contest,” which would suggest tat Nicola Sturgeon and Jo Swinson were correct in suggesting that more options should have been given to the public in this particular debate.

However, it is probably true that even if the result of this general election is another hung parliament, which seems entirely possible, whoever forms a coalition to attain power, it will likely fall to Johnson or Corbyn to lead the next parliament and reside in Number 10.

After General Election

Conservative Majority 1/3
Labour Minority 6/1
Conservative Minority 11/1
Labour – Snp Coalition 12/1
Conservative – Dup Coalition 18/1
Labour – Lib Dem – Snp Coalition 22/1
Labour – Lib Dem Coalition 25/1
Labour Majority 25/1
Conservative – Brexit Party Coalition 33/1
Conservative – Lib Dem Coalition 66/1
Lib Dem – Snp Coalition 200/1
Lib Dem Minority 200/1
Conservative – Labour Coalition 300/1
Lib Dem Majority 400/1
Brexit Party Minority 750/1

After General Election

5. Conservative – Dup Coalition
6. Labour – Lib Dem – Snp Coalition
7. Labour – Lib Dem Coalition
9. Conservative – Brexit Party Coalition
10. Conservative – Lib Dem Coalition
11. Lib Dem – Snp Coalition
13. Conservative – Labour Coalition
Odds correct as of 12th Dec, 09:35 . Odds are subject to change.
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