Prime Minister and British Conservative leader Boris Johnson, and rival Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn gave each other a hard time in their first live TV debate on Tuesday night as they prepared for the December general election.
Both the individuals clashed on the issues of bribes, the stability of the United Kingdom itself, the National Health Service (NHS) and honesty and dignity in government.
The anchor of the show, Julie Etchingham, also urged the two opposition parties to hold hands midway through the conversation to promote shared public support as the live crowd cheered and laughed with mock laughter for an hour.
“I believe it was a comparative benefit for Corbyn,” retorted Gerry Hassan, a senior research colleague in contemporary Scottish history at Dundee University and a broadcaster on Scottish and British matters at Al Jazeera. “He exposed himself to further electorate, has an aspect of integrity, and has worked to get most of his core areas through.” Tuesday’s argument on ITV, the UK’s biggest commercial network, occurred against a backdrop of turmoil after a legal attempt by the Scottish National Party (SNP) and the Liberal Democrats to participate in the Television competition was rejected by the London High Court.
1st minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, and Liberal Democrat Jo Swinson, the representatives of the third and fourth greatest parties in Westminster, were pressured to watch from afar as Johnson and Corbyn made an appeal to the 46 million electorates in Britain who’ll be requested to practice their democratic obligation for the third time in 4 years on 12 December.
Opinion polls have consistently shown that the Conservative Party, with a dual-digit lead over Labor, lost to the Conservative Party in 2010.
Several political analysts have categorized the arguments as a prospective win for Corbyn, and loss for Johnson, who, at 55, appears to lack the three-plus-decade expertise of his 70-year-old foe in the House of Commons.