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The funny thing about Nigel Farage and Nick Clegg is really how very similar they are. Both are public school educated, both are of similar age, both are leaders of political parties polling at around the 10 per cent mark, both are married to women from continental Europe and both, in their own ways, have made their names in European politics: Clegg by working in the Brussels apparatus, Farage by trying to dismantle it.

So in the first debate that took place between the two men tonight, there was a certain dissonance involved in remembering these similarities while listening to…

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