So is he debating or not?

Oh, wow. This is probably the worst thing John McCain could say short of “Sarah, I’m not feeling well.” The first of only three ‘debates’ between the two men vying to be US President, and McCain wants a raincheck?

(I use the word ‘debate’ loosely – American ‘debates’ are far too scripted and controlled to involve real surprises, unlike the shouting matches we get over here. Robin Williams once described the British Parliament as ‘Like Congress with a two-drink minimum.”)

It’s going to be a laugh if Obama turns up and gets 90 minutes of primetime to explain his policies to America. Perhaps he’ll bring a cardboard cut-out of McCain to ‘debate’ with.

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