Still, the debate. You know, at times Brown could sound like a good politician if you didn't already know that he is fiscally, emotionally and politically inept and an inveterate liar. So, nil points there. Cameron seemed to take an age to remember to be a Conservative (and strange how his rating goes up when he does -I still dream you know, see below). And Clegg? Oh Clegg, what to make of the man. He managed to rise on the tide of popularity that is the norm for the reality TV watching mob. Now an 'important player' he and his party were ignored no more and Clegg really didn't like the scrutiny. He is almost as ill at ease with it as Brown! But what was Mr Popular's strategy going into the last debate? 'I'm not them'. No really, Clegg seemed to think that not having any ideas on anything would be fine as long as he convinced people he wasn't either Brown or Cameron. Hence his constant reference to them 'points scoring'. I think his people remembered hearing in previous elections how people wanted a box on the ballot paper for 'none of the above', to show disgust with all those standing. So Clegg's LibDems become the 'none of the above' party and he bombed. Pillock.
I particularly loved the point when Dimmers asked the 'leaders' what made them different, a soft enough question and went to Clegg first. After doing his best goldfish impression Clegg scooted of in a different direction, maybe answering a question he wished he'd been asked.
We know from seeing his notes before that Brown arrives with what he thinks will be brilliant interventions and soundbites. I don't think endlessly saying 'inheritance tax' and 'tax credits' was ever likely to be a killer punch. Just listen to yourself Gordy. Even if Cameron was giving something of substance to '3000 people', that is such a tiny number as to be irrelevant. And perhaps someone should explain to the great unthinking mob that tax credits means the state takes money off you (for which they employ someone), then reviews your situation (and employs someone to do that) and then hands some money back (a third person). Any idea where waste might exist in Gordon's Soviet state? How about not taking money off people in the first place?
Don't need to say much about Cameron. He believes too much 'modern' stuff and appears to lack the ability to understand and discern (itself a highly modern trait). But when Brown makes him particularly angry, as appeared the case towards the end, then he suddenly becomes more traditional and his stock with people who want things to improve, soars. It's called Conservatism, David.