Sunday 17 December 2017

Sam Smyth: Parties playing for high stakes in TV showdown

Sam Smyth

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.

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