5 reasons Cameron won`t do TV debates:
1. Unlike at PMQs, he will be forced to answer the questions, not just because he will not have his horde of baying fat cats behind him drowning out his non-answers, but because the others in the debate will have set an example he will be obliged to follow. The likes of Paxman would not tolerate answer-avoidance in the same way Speaker Bercow does.
2. He will be forced to attempt to justify his policies over the past five years, not just the callous ones like the bedroom tax and cuts in disability welfare, but also the obviously unfair ones, like tax cuts for the rich, cutting jobs at HMRC when supposedly determined to reduce tax avoidance, the gradual privatisation of the NHS, and the many, many more which hurt those least able to defend themselves.
3. He will be obliged to explain his post-election plans for the country, particularly his much vaunted "long-term economic plan", which entails taking government spending back to levels last seen, in this country, in the 1930s. Attempting to justify the need for smaller government when the country desperately needs the opposite, with more regulation to reduce the spiralling inequality, more security against internal threats, and more workers in health, social care, and education, is clearly not on the top of Cameron`s wish-list.
4. Miliband is obviously an opponent he does not relish facing, which explains the non-stop attacks he, his party, and his friends in business, the City, and the media, have been making on the Labour leader over the past year or so. Funny, really, when he is so accustomed to calling Miliband "useless" in a rowdy Commons, that he won`t risk humiliation in a one-to-one debate with him!
5. TV debates stir up interest in politics, the contenders, and in the election itself, and this is not something Cameron is keen to do. The more interest, the bigger the turnout, but the Tory leader is quite happy with a low turnout on election day, especially as his policies have been aimed at pleasing the pensioners, the majority of whom always vote. Had he been keen on increasing the numbers voting, he would have moved polling booths to supermarket carparks, university campuses and town centres. He would even have taken seriously the possibility of electronic voting.