Comments made by colleagues over the days since the Great Leaders’ Debate tells me that something very interesting is happening. There is little warmth for David Cameron. In fact, there seems to be a tide of hostility towards him. In a wholly un-scientific poll taken in a rather haphazard way amongst a group of (mainly female) colleagues, the one colleague who had declared she would vote Conservative (in Hove) has been charmed by Gordon Brown. She did not think he was dynamic in the debate, but said she isn’t looking for that in a Prime Minister. She felt Nick Clegg had won the debate but she credits Brown for tackling the recession. This from someone who two months ago said she would vote Conservative because it was time for a change!
Others have said that Clegg impressed most but all said they had warmed to Brown and were intending to vote Labour unless they were in Brighton Pavilion where there was a debate about the Greens. There was a sense amongst a couple who felt more secure in voting Green if the Tory lead has been cut. (A strange logic, but more evidence that the momentum remains with Caroline Lucas).
So, good news for Labour. It is lovely to see the Conservative poll position in free fall. Much can yet change, but what is certain, all predictions from a week ago must be reconsidered, other than a Green vote in Brighton Pavilion.