Jeremy Corbyn urged Theresa May to take part ‘and let the public make up their minds’ [Image: Carl Court/Getty Images].

Jeremy Corbyn has announced that he will appear on tonight’s election debate (BBC1, 7.30pm) after all – in his only u-turn of the election campaign.

This Writer reckons it is a good move, wrong-footing certain newspaper writers who (falsely) claimed that both he and Theresa May had refused to appear. In fact, Mr Corbyn’s initial reluctance was only because Mrs May had already ruled out a direct confrontation.

His change of heart means he will be able to face Conservative representative Amber Rudd and ask the question on everybody’s mind: “What is your boss afraid of?”

Jeremy Corbyn is set to take part in Wednesday evening’s televised leaders’ debate, reversing his original decision – and has called on Theresa May to join the event as well.

Speaking at an earlier event in Westminster, Corbyn recounted Monday’s television debate, in which he and May took questions from an audience and presenter Jeremy Paxman, but did so separately, never being in the studio at the same time.

“How ridiculous is that?” he said. “Come on, prime minister, come and have a chat, come and have a debate. I can be ever so polite, but there are a number of questions I want to put to you.”

At the same event, Corbyn criticised the prime minister for her language when she said he would be “naked in the negotiating chamber” if he led Brexit talks.

“I certainly wouldn’t use language like that myself,” Corbyn said when asked about May’s comments, following a press conference to lay out Labour’s plans to commit extra resources to health, education and social care.

“I think it’s totally inappropriate to describe anyone as naked. Even me.”

Source: Corbyn to take part in TV leaders’ debate | Politics | The Guardian

This Writer can reveal that I think we’ve discovered the reason Theresa May came out with this inappropriate comment. It seems she had something on her mind…

(Mm… Maybe not. The image arrived on This Writer’s Twitter feed during a segment of the BBC’s Daily Politics suggesting that Mr Corbyn’s advisors have smartened him up sartorially.)

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