The announcement there there will be a three-way Presidential Contest on Television between Conservative, Labour and LibDem Leaders poses a serious threat to British democracy.
If a public debate between the leaders of the first four parties, on the basis of the last British national elections (for the European Parliament) the second party would be UKIP. If the debate was based on Parties representing the English national interest, it would be necessary to include a fifth part the much hated BNP.
Of course true democratic representation in a televised debate of national parties would have to include the Scottish National Party, The Democratic Unionist Party, IRA Sinn Fein, the Welsh National Party. At that point it would be undemocratic not to include the Greens, Real Labour and of course a Party that has contested Westminster seats for decades, the Monster Raving Loony Party and independent candidates.
If the debate was only to include potential Prime Ministers, it would be a two way fight between Conservative and Labour Leaders.
All of this overlooks the fact that the British system of government includes a Head of State who is HM The Queen, who invites the leader of the party with the largest number of seats to form a government. That leader represents a political party where MPs stand in individual constituencies and some elected MPs may not be members of any established party, or where UKIP may stand a very good chance of getting Nigel Farage elected into the seat currently held by Squeaker Bercow, and may achieve a large number of votes in other constituencies (as at the European Elections where they won more support than either Labour or the LibDems) without achieving enough votes to win any other seat.
Bottler Brown knows he has little to lose by taking part, David Cameron potentially has most to lose, and the leader of the LibDems, whoever he is, hopes to receive undeserved exposure.
David Cameron has said he hopes the televised debates will breath fresh life into the election and encourage people to vote. Sadly it may have the opposite effect and bore voters even more than they have already been turned off by the behaviour of the established political parties. That the Conservatives are struggling to develop and hold a significant lead over Labour, in an environment where Labour has created the worst economic mess in British history, robbed voters of civil liberties and turned Britain into a dysfunctional society, is a fair indication of how far voters have been turned off politicians.