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BBC arranges fake debates for Tory leader May

The British government has announced that Prime Minister Theresa May will take part in a "live" TV election programme but it will not involve a head-to-head debate with Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Published: May 17, 2017, 8:34 am

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    There will be nothing spontaneous about May’s appearance.

    May will invited on the special edition of Question Time that will “replace” the leaders’ debate on June 2.

    The BBC has contracted an independent private production company, and now maintain that they are not responsible for the arrangements where the questions to May will be pre-approved by her staff and May will know the questions in advance.

    A member of the public from Fife, contacted the BBC for confirmation and received a reply from the BBC, that Question Time is bought by the BBC from the independent company.

    The Prime Minister will thus be questioned by what appears to be members planted in the studio audience during the special programme to be aired in early June, even though a poll for The Independent found that a majority of the British public want the leaders to directly debate each other in live televised debates.

    May has been criticised after refusing to take part in a real debate, with rivals accusing her of “running scared” because the “live” programmes are carefully designed so that May avoids tough questions from Labour, Scottish nationalists and of course UKIP challenging her on Brexit and immigration.

    Despite cries from Liberal Democrats, Labour and SNP to protest Brexit, support for leaving the EU has increased throughout Britain. Only 22 percent of people want to Remain in the EU or block Brexit, with some 68 percent either backing the Leave vote or supporting the implementation of the referendum.

    Those seeking to ignore the outcome of a vote to Leave is therefore fast becoming a shrinking fringe.

    Debates involving other minor figures from the main parties, including the Tories and Labour, will take place ahead of the coming elections, but May will be shielded from real questions, a real debate, and being confronted with her voters.

    David Dimbleby will host the two Question Time specials in which audience questions are carefully selected while the state broadcaster plays along with protecting May from scrutiny.

    The Pakistani host Mishal Husain will moderate a debate on May 31, including representatives of the Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats, SNP, Plaid Cymru, Green Party and UKIP. On June 4 Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron will face the SNP’s Nicola Sturgeon.

    The United Kingdom general election of 2017 is scheduled to take place on 8 June 2017. An election had not been due until 7 May 2020, but a call for a snap election by May received the necessary two-thirds majority in a 522 to 13 vote in the House of Commons on 19 April 2017.

    “In all her recent interviews and speeches it is virtually impossible to discover anything interesting about Mrs May,” says Alison Phillips, in an opinion piece for The Mirror. “In fact, it’s difficult to discover anything at all.”

    Phillips says May is an opportunist without any political convictions. “Because Theresa May is like a man in a novelty tie – someone clinging to the belief that a wacky item of clothing can hide a total absence of personality.”

    May is basically only known for her strange taste in clothing. Britain’s leader once famously remarked: “Cookery books mean a lot to me.”

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