We don't know whether there will be televised Leaders Debates.  But the current proposal includes one (or more) televised debate(s) to feature the leaders of the 7 main parties contesting the general election.

But I am struggling to understand how The Nationalist Parties (SNP & Plaid Cymru) fit-in.  Fairly obviously, David Cameron will represent The Conservatives; Ed Milliband will represent Labour; Nick Clegg will represent The Lib Dems.  Oh, and of course, the ubiquitous Nigel Farage will represent UKIP.  Natalie Bennett will represent The Greens - and if you could have named The Leader of the Green Party you are probably related to Natalie Bennett.

However, this bit does all make sense.  The Greens are polling better than The Lib Dems, and just because their Leader doesn't have the omni-presence of Farage doesn't mean that Bennett shouldn't be at The Leaders debate(s).

However, it gets more confusing when we think about The Nationalist Parties.  OK, Nicola Sturgeon is probably actually much more identifiable than Bennett, BUT, is she the Leader of The SNP?  In terms of fighting the Westminster General Election, neither the SNP's Leader nor Plaid Cymru's Leader are seeking election to Westminster.  It seems a little odd that Nicola Sturgeon will be at The Leaders debate when she isn't seeking to be an MP, and would not be leading The SNP in London.  The same problem befalls The Welsh Nationalists, Plaid Cymru.  However, they have the further problem of having a Leader that isn't well-known even in Wales, let alone in the Rest of The UK.  Leanne Wood is The Leader of Plaid Cymru; she is a Member of The Welsh Assembly, but she is NOT an MP at Westminster.  So, when The Leaders stand in front of the camera, the most predictable thing is bewilderment from the general public, as they ask who are they?  And how come are they at the debate if they are not even standing as an MP?

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