David Cameron is a skilled political beast and knows that in a debate he will look very much second best to Nigel Farage. Senior conservatives have expressed hesitation over the idea over a four way debate, threatening not to take part, if UKIP is given a place.
Nigel Farage has responded in kind by threatening to take legal action if UKIP is excluded from the debates.
Labour will be damaged by UKIP gains too, but less so than the conservatives and as such senior labour members are firmly supporting UKIPs inclusion in the debates. “We will be flexible on this and won’t let David Cameron use Ukip to get off the hook,”