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Nick Clegg 2, Nigel Farage, 1 David Cameron and Ed Miliband, both 0

The Liberal Democrat leader's grasp of the facts and political experience proved decisive, despite the allure of Farage's blokeish charm

By Bronwen Maddox  

Even before Nick or Nigel opened his mouth, the debate had looked like a good bet for each of them—an hour of self-promotion, with the stage cleared of the two main parties. The moment they started speaking, it looked even better.

First, they won points for courage, going where Cameron and Miliband demurred to go. And then, as Farage aptly said at one point, it was an advertisement for party unity; on Europe, both the Liberals and Ukip can boast internal agreement…

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