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X Factor's Simon Cowell wants to run election debates

 

 

X Factor judge Simon Cowell has said he wants to run a series of "prime time" TV debates on key political issues ahead of the next general election.

 

The music impresario told the BBC he wanted to create a "bear pit" atmosphere, with a live studio audience and viewers voting via telephone.

 

The debates could deal with subjects including capital punishment, the Afghan war and immigration, he added.

 

Gordon Brown's spokesman said he welcomed attempts to promote democracy.

 

He added that Mr Cowell and others would be encouraged to offer ideas.

 

More than 10 million people voted for the Factor final on Sunday on ITV1, with more than 19 million watching the show.

 

'Could do it'

 

Conservative leader David Cameron and Lib Dem counterpart Nick Clegg have said they are keen to take part in a US-style televised debate ahead of the next general election, which has to happen by 3 June next year.

 

The prime minister has also said he is willing in principle to take part in televised leader debates, focusing on specific issues.

 

However, Mr Cowell's proposal is less like a presidential-style forum and more like X Factor, won this year by Joe McElderry, a teenager from South Shields.

 

There's something about Simon

 

He told BBC Two's Newsnight he wanted to put on a show where a large studio audience was divided up according to its view on an issue.

 

There would, he said, be a red telephone to allow politicians to ring in to state their case.

 

Asked whether capital punishment might be included as a subject, Mr Cowell said: "Well, we could do it. We could ask the question."

 

Will Young, a winner of X Factor's predecessor Pop Idol, appeared on the BBC One political discussion show Question Time last year.

 

Mr Brown faces Mr Cameron and Mr Clegg most Wednesday lunchtimes for prime minister's questions in the House of Commons.

 

But Sir George Young, the shadow leader of the Commons, has recently suggested moving it to Thursday evenings, where it could compete with the likes of Eastenders, Emmerdale, Coronation Street and The Bill.

 

Watch Newsnight's interview with Simon Cowell on Newsnight on Monday 14 December 2009 at 2230GMT on BBC Two, then afterwards on the Newsnight website.

Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/8411387.stm

 

Please god no!

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Anything that fuels the anti-intellectual movement that drives much of the agenda of modern politics is a very bad thing.

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I am not sure how it is like the X-Factor but we have seen a rise in the number of people not being bothered anymore so if something like this engages the unengaged it is worth a crack if it fails it fails. We haveseen the rise of what were generally one issue parties such as the BNP, SNP, Plaid Cymru, UKIP, Green party etc because people are just fucking lazy & they prefer to go with one issue: I FUCKING HATE MUSLIMS/I FUCKING HATE ENGLAND/I FUCKING HATE ENGLAND/I FUCKING HATE THE EU/I AM A TREE HUGGER.

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I am not sure how it is like the X-Factor but we have seen a rise in the number of people not being bothered anymore so if something like this engages the unengaged it is worth a crack

 

Absolute nonce sense, let them rot.

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I am not sure how it is like the X-Factor but we have seen a rise in the number of people not being bothered anymore so if something like this engages the unengaged it is worth a crack

 

Absolute nonce sense, let them rot.

 

Are you David Cameron?

 

This is exactly the type of thing Cameron would advocate, his PR man shtick is very effective at pandering to morons and if there's one thing Cowell can guarantee it's an audience of several million of them.

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I am not sure how it is like the X-Factor but we have seen a rise in the number of people not being bothered anymore so if something like this engages the unengaged it is worth a crack

 

Absolute nonce sense, let them rot.

 

Are you David Cameron?

 

This is exactly the type of thing Cameron would advocate, his PR man shtick is very effective at pandering to morons and if there's one thing Cowell can guarantee it's an audience of several million of them.

 

Nah, he talks funny. Only well-off morons would vote for him.

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Anything that fuels the anti-intellectual movement that drives much of the agenda of modern politics is a very bad thing.

 

This is absolutely true. Can you imagine the kind of things this show will "debate"? The death penalty, for a start, would get a huge majority if voted on by the 5-second attention span morons that'd want to watch this kind of shit and with the weak-willed, do-anything-to-stay-in-power, the-sun-is-the-voice-of-the-people, no-morals, no-ideology, band-wagon-jumping, dick-head politicians we have at the moment it'd be a manifesto pledge for both government and opposition by the end of the week.

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Anything that fuels the anti-intellectual movement that drives much of the agenda of modern politics is a very bad thing.

 

This is absolutely true. Can you imagine the kind of things this show will "debate"? The death penalty, for a start, would get a huge majority if voted on by the 5-second attention span morons that'd want to watch this kind of shit and with the weak-willed, do-anything-to-stay-in-power, the-sun-is-the-voice-of-the-people, no-morals, no-ideology, band-wagon-jumping, dick-head politicians we have at the moment it'd be a manifesto pledge for both government and opposition by the end of the week.

 

Three strikes and yer out kind of bollocks I'd imagine....Immigration, cat flaps, dog kennels, phones that light up at night...

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Just imagine if the election campaigns were directed at X-Factor watching types?

 

The Party Political Broadcasts would just be moody shots of Gordon Brown with the narrator telling us how he lost an eye and how his baby died; all set to Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol.

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If it gets the proles interested in the democratic process then it can only be a good thing.

wrong, sooooooo very, very wrong. the proles won't get interested in politics but in a red top driven soundbite fiesta with no substance whatsoever.

 

we should be going the otherway, questionaires at the doors of polling booths which if you can't correctly answer 80% then you are judged as being too think to take part in the process.

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