Role reversals

There's a few interesting role reversals going on in this campaign versus 2007.

Amid all the PLP's chest thumping about televised debates and a party leader debate, it's worth noting that in 2007 the PLP rejected a televised debate:

Dr. Brown told us: "It doesn't fit our strategy. We think that it could have some entertainment value, but very little political value. No I wouldn't do it." Mr. Dunkley said: "I have no problem with it if that's what the people want. Whatever people want, I'm game for it."

Parties have strategies. Generally the party that thinks it is ahead doesn't want to raise their opponent's profile and take the risk of a debate shifting the momentum because it's a less controlled environment, and the party that's behind usually wants one to try to change the dynamic. They want to protect their lead.

So, in 2012, it's the PLP professing to want debates, which indicates that they think they're losing.

I'd also point out that Paula Cox has been keeping an extremely low profile during this campaign, as Ewart Brown did in 2007. That suggests that like her predecessor the PLP know that Ms. Cox is unpopular and a political liability at this point, so they're relying on surrogates to get their message out instead.

That's poltiics 101.

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