After yesterdays great debate about the debates, Harper appears to be backing down from his offer of a one-on-one debate with Ignatieff.

I think a one-on-one debate between the only two leaders that realistically can end up as Prime Minister is a great idea. It should be something that we have every election after a debate including all of the leaders of the major parties (which includes Elizabeth May). Hopefully after all of yesterday posturing we do start a new trend of a one-on-one debate after the all-leaders debates.

If it’s true that Harper is now backing down, then you have to wonder why he’s so afraid of putting his ideas to the test directly against Ignatieff without the other leaders there to muddy the waters.