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The New York Times’ John Burns on Thursday’s Debate In Great Britain

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David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Gordon Brown

John Burns, bureau chief of the New York Times in London, joined me on last night’s program to review the final debate between Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Nick Clegg. The transcript is here.

The previous program’s conversation with Christopher Hitchens on the British election is posted here. Interesting to learn that Nick Clegg was Hitchens’ intern at The Nation.

The dynamics at work in the UK, with a lead lost and regained by the Tories and a closing surge as the issue settled not on the debating skills of Clegg or the immigration gaffe of Brown but on the credibility of Cameron’s pledge of fiscal sanity and real change in governing is one for the GOP to study closely in the next couple of months. There needs to be a tight focus on detailed plans to fix the deficit and bring down the debt. Waiting for the Democrats to lose won’t cut it anymore than the opening weeks of the British campaign worked for the Tories.

More analysis of last night’s debate here from the Times of London.



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