Old_Honky - 10:59 am on Apr 22, 2010 (gmt 0)
Sadly personality is all that matters nowadays. The issues are barely understood by most of the electorate, I think there is a good case for some sort of basic test before you are allowed to vote. We don't let criminals or insane people vote but we let stupid people, why?
Personally I love these presidential style debates, it has livened the whole thing up and generated more interest in voting so voter registrations are up. The Tory press are currently all making the big mistake of trying to vilify the Lib Dem leader which just puts his face in front of more people so the band wagon rolls on.
Tonight's debate (widely tipped by TV "experts" as the point when it could all go wrong for the 3rd party) is mainly on foreign policy. As the Lib Dem's were the only party to speak up against the Iraq and Afghan military action and the anti war brigade seem to be in the majority they could pick up even more support.
If the Tory tries to make Europe the issue he will miss the target because it is not something the majority see as a problem.
I think the key thing is going to be how Brown and Cameron respond to Clegg's ascendency, they have a real problem if they knock him too much they will look defensive and if they agree with him too much they will appear as followers not leaders. What they should do is ignore him and just be themselves, but will their spin doctors allow them to?
I predict they will all look directly in the camera and you won't hear the words "I agree with Nick" quite so often. I think the Lib Dem bandwagon will continue and after tonight's debate they will gain another 2 to 3 percentage points in the polls although whether that will translate into votes on the 6th May is another question.
I think it is great fun.