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Not a historic debate

The first clash between Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Nick Clegg revealed nothing new. Yet its timing underlined just how out of touch all our leaders remain

By Alastair Harper   April 2010

The first historic hurdle is crossed. Britain’s domestic situation has been analysed and argued over by the three leaders like they were hosting an ITV makeover special, where they all agreed that this shabby old country was a debt-bloated sap in need of change, progress, and a fresh start. Each leader offered their variation on a starvation diet of efficiency savings.

But this was no casual bit of broadcasting. These debates are “historic”—or so we’ve been told, over and over. Sky will even be broadcasting the second debate in historic HD. Though actually, it seems the debates are only historic…

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