There will be no live TV pre-election debate between Ewart Brown and Michael Dunkley, the Bermuda Sun can reveal.

We asked both men what they thought of the idea yesterday. Dr. Brown told us: "It doesn't fit our strategy. We think that it could have some entertainment value, but very little political value. No I wouldn't do it." Mr. Dunkley said: "I have no problem with it if that's what the people want. Whatever people want, I'm game for it."

According to a poll on our website, 351 people or 91 per cent said of participants said they would like to see the party leaders hold at least one debate before the election.