In an effort to tease out a gaffe from Boris Johnson, the other candidates in the Leadership race will (so they say) participate in live TV debates before the next ballot.
There can be no other reason for such debates. Hopefully Boris will destroy his chances by saying something unforgivable. That is the low point that the Liberal wing of Conservatives have sunk to.
Who will vote in the second ballot?
Are they suggesting that Conservative MP’s don’t know who Boris is? Conservative MP’s haven’t a clue what he stands for?
If Boris Johnson makes it to the final two, he will face the Conservative Membership. Are they unaware who Johnson is?
I’m sure that Boris will debate on TV, if and when a General Election is called, until then, the Leadership Contest is a Conservative Party matter not for general public consumption.
If Boris refuses the offer to debate, that is his affair and would be the wise move to make.
He will have the chance to prove his worth to the general public through his actions as Prime Minister once he takes that office.