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A Clegg up

I watched the debate last night with a group of people invited to a bar in central London by a PR company. I have five reflections.

1. Clegg won, therefore Cameron “won.” The conventional wisdom before the event was that Clegg was the likely winner, simply by having a third of airtime. That he then proceeded to exceed that expectation was impressive. He had just the right mix of stories, good examples and calculated outrage. But because he won, Cameron also won too—that Clegg is the winner has little electoral significance, and nothing fundamental changed last night in the frame for the election as a whole.

2. Brown did better than expected, but still came in third. In one sense Gordon Brown could have been said to have “needed” something to change in the debate. It is, after all, one of his few opportunities to shift the

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  1. April 30, 2010

    Sue

    ARE WE VOTING ON POLICIES OR AN X FACTOR CELEBRITY. IT APPEARS LOOKS, DRESS AND HOW GOOD YOU CAN WAFFLE WILL WIN THE ELECTION. THE MEDIA WILL WILL ALSO DECIDE BY WHAT CHOOSE TO PRINT TO SWAY THE VOTERS AND TRADITIONALLY THE BRITISH ARE LIKE SHEEP AND VERY TRUSTING. I DON’T TRUST ANY OF THEM 100% BUT I FEEL GORDON BROWN IS OUR BEST BET TO GET THE COUNTRY OUT OF RECESSION REDUCE THE COUNTRIES DEFICIT AT A MANAGEABLE RATE.

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