I am uncomfortable with elected politicans being bullied by the media. Time after time we've witnessed attrocious laws rushed through by politicans in response to a media fuelled uproar. It's more than that though: it is deeply troubling that a person we as a country elect to be our leader to be bullied by un-democratic media bullies.
It demeans our democracy.
That being said I am shocked by David Cameron pulling out of televised debates and trying to rig the debates to his advantage.
I'm shocked by his utter stupidity. It makes him look scared of debate. Worse he looks terrified of Nigel Farage. No one is scared to debate with Miliband.
This is not a good look.
Worse than that, he's screwed himself. The media have called his bluff by saying the debates go ahead, and have given their reasons publicly. Now they have made their reasons public because Cameron made his letter public, which was stupid of them.
Now he's inflicted immense damage on himself needlessly. He either backs down which makes him look weak and vacuous or he sticks to his guns and give his opponents hours of free prime time tv to rubbish him without any chance to reply.
He has made himself a joke. And that is the worst thing for any politican fo be. It's the wound that kills a career over time.
He's a powerful man surrounded by very expensive media savvy advisors. If even an idiot such as I could foresee what was going to happen why didn't he?
I honestly think that Cameron, and Miliband, Clegg, and and the leaders of the old parties such as the SNP, believe their own hype and have a divine right to rule.
This arrogance leads politicans such as Cameron to make a fool of himself as he has here. He hasn't realised that the world is changed. That new parties are on the rise and new media isn't so cowed and obsequious.
This is a self inflicted wound that is going to be very hard to avoid now.
If this is the best we've got our politics is screwed.