Every bit of my logic from 2008 now argues against May being in the 2011 debates. One must have principles, and be coherent:
British parliamentary democracy being what it is, it's about citizens in given riding(s) choosing MP(s). ... Since in our tradition it's all about the MPs, could require only parties with official party status in parliament to debate - but NDP & PC were in debates in 1997, quite apart from Bloc & Reform in 1993. Instinctively feels wrong to ban party with support like NDP or PC, percentage of vote in previous election similar to regional parties Reform & Bloc, and with MPs, but no official status. So, at end of day, most restrictive possibility is 5% minimum and MP elected under party banner. ... Conclusion: need at least one MP (since official party status deemed too strict in past). And need to be more than fringe - have some sense party represents genuinely significant portion of public. I'd support 5% in last election & at least 1 MP. ... Anyway, given Canadian precedent, no reason to keep Greens out of debates this time. And if do, should be on basis of 5% and possibly "elected under banner" criteria, and should make that explicit new rule. But since that's unlikely, Greens should be in.And by that very logic, since they have not a single MP, this time, the Greens should be out. And the Greens themselves should be the first to say so, by their own logic.