Ask The Chancellors Preview: Argumental
ASK THE CHANCELLORS: Monday 29th March, Channel 4, 7pm ALERT ME
Politics hasn’t really ever had high viewing figures. It’s mainly because the public’s image of political debate consists of old men slouching around in stuffy, leather-bound chairs bickering at each other about the price of fish. Hardly ratings dynamite.
That might change tonight however as Krishnan Guru-Murthy brings politics to a nice shiny studio as he hosts Meet The Chancellors, a live televised debate between the chancellor of the exchequer Alistair Darling and his principal opponents George Osborne and Vince Cable.
With the Credit Crunch still looming over the country like the world’s most unpopular breakfast cereal, more focus than ever before will be put on the economy in the run up to the general election; Ask The Chancellors might be just the thing to ignite the public’s passion for politics.
The Lib Dems will be looking to make the most of the airtime, hoping that Cable’s fiscal doom-mongering will secure them votes in the upcoming election. Let’s just hope that it stays on subject and doesn’t descend into a televised slanging match.
The politicians are also going to be open to questions from the studio audience – always a nerve-wracking experience from anyone’s point of view. They’ll all be praying that they don’t come across someone like Diana Gould, who memorably made Margaret Thatcher’s life very uncomfortable indeed for a five minutes in 1982 when she confronted her about the Falklands War.
And can Krishnan Guru-Murthy ask the tough questions that need to be asked? Personally I’d like to see Paxman lay down the law – no one’s better at asking uncomfortable questions, although on second thought perhaps his withering scorn isn’t what a prime time debate needs…