The Corner

The British Debate

Not having watched the televised debate between the leaders of Britain’s three largest political parties, it would be a touch presumptious to comment overmuch, so I’ll leave it to the Spectator’s Peter Hoskin:

So, then, who won?  Well, it depends what you mean by “won”. Nick Clegg [leader of the “centrist” Liberal Democrats] certainly gained most from the evening. He was confident, coherent and had a strong line on almost every policy area, whether you agreed with those lines or not. Crucially, he gained by positioning himself against what he calls the “old parties,” and by talking the Lib Dems up as opponents of the status quo. The early polling seems to be bearing this out, and the bookies have even cut the odds on Clegg being the next home secretary.

The immediate post-debate polls seem to agree. The chances of a “hung parliament” (a parliament where no one party has the majority) have increased. Bad news for Britain – and its much-battered currency.

One friend who did see the debate came to the same conclusions as Hoskin. My friend added this observation:

They’re just saying on ITV that Cameron only scored when he was talking about immigration, law & order, and school discipline. . . . Perhaps the people actually want the Tories to be right-wing? What an idea.

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