Sam Smyth: Parties playing for high stakes in TV showdown
Published 28/01/2011 | 05:00
The bickering over a format for the televised leadership deb-ates yesterday looked like the beginning of a slow bicycle race as the parties took positions and plotted strategy.
It was the first dust-up of what is set to be an all-party bruising encounter -- but a showdown on television has the potential to critically influence the outcome of the general election.
A good or bad performance can sway the perception of a politician at any time but in the white heat of a general election it can determine the make-up of the next government.