Brown did well in tonight’s debate. And that’s important for the country.

The third Leaders’ Debate has taken much the same form as the first two.  Nick Clegg still comes across as the best performer, reflecting the bounce he achieved in the first debate, although that bounce was not enhanced after the second debate. Clegg continued to be most self assured, looking straight int the camera.  It was a shame he joined the “don’t let anyone scare you” chorus.

David Cameron is no heavy weight.  He looked shallow with his attacks on Brown about “trying to frighten people”.  He backs the family, backs this and backs that.  He has a “great team”.  He offers a frsh government and a fresh start.  But he doesn’t say what that means.

This was Gordon Brown’s debat.  On the conomy he was a man amongst boys.  He has unparalled authority on the economy and on world affairs.  By comparison, Clegg looked weak.  He put himself forward as the leader to see the country through to the recovery.  Cameron lost it on inheritance tax while Brown scored big on fairness.

Brown’s was strong that there is too much at stake, that he is the one to fight for the future. When asked for detail Cameron had nothing to offer, nothing, and he got it wrong presentationally and politically. 

Cameron’s hidden politicies will benefit the rich and harm the poor, and that came across in the debate.  And finally, Brown was effective in linking some of the policies of the Tories and the Lib Dems.

Labour leave a lot to be desired, but Labour will be less terrible than a Tory / Lib Dem coalition.  Well done, Gordon Brown, you did well tonight, and that was important for the country.

A final thought.  Nick Robinson has just concluded on the BBC 10 O’Clock News that there were no winners in tonight’s debate. Given his anti-Labour bias, that must mean that Gordon Brown won!

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  1. Just back from the Calvary husting which was good natured and interesting. Effectively the Caroline & Nancy show after both Charlotte and Bernie dropped out at short notice.

    Nancy was down to earth and likeable enough but Caroline Lucas impressed as a stronger representative for Brighton, articulate and able to command attention at Westminster, and she is more driven.

    Beyond local issues I hope voters agree that the environmental and equality issues Caroline stands for deserve a spirited champion in parliament.

  2. I too was at the Calvary husting, and there was a very good number of people there, evidently thinking that they should be there and either miss the leaders’ debate or catch it later in some form or other.

    Steampunk’s impression is surely right. Caroline Lucas spoke cogently and succinctly without reference to notes. While Nancy Platts was much better than people had expected after her non appearances at such gatherings, but appeared to glance at convenient statistcs before her, I thought that Juliet Williams was as sharp and quick as she was at the RIBA debate – as one would expect of a lawyer, and it will be very interesting to see how she does for the LibDems in Kemp Town. She has a deft way with anecdote and fact.

    There is no doubt that the national LibDem momentum is sustained but this might not be as much in Pavilion as in Kemp Town and Hove.

    Looking at Pavilion as objectively as one can, and with due regard for Nancy Platts, Brighton would surely be lucky to have as eloquent and wide-ranging a representative as Caroline Lucas. This would bring the place considerable and meaningful attention as somewhere in the vanguard of events and thought, with somebody able to put these ideas forward, to good effect, without fear of the whip.

    There were of course several points this evening when the candidates were in broad sympathy, even if Nancy never quite said, “I agree with Caroline”. People readily clapped when each candidate made good points. Which is how a hung Parliament should work.

    And so it was a shame that, for drama’s sake, Charlotte Vere was a no-show – and in particular was not there to perform her firebrand number when it came to general derision of Cameron’s notion that a few quid extra a week for married couples would prevent all those domestic fracas that make Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? look like tranquility itself.

    If Caroline Lucas should be a Green on the green benches, and Nancy Platts will find her way there by some other route, Charlotte Vere could, without too much difficulty, adapt her perfomances into a cabaret act. I can never forget how, at the Independent debate, she went off on one about teenage pregnancies when a teenager, evidently keen on poliitcs, asked a perfectly serious question about the voting age.

    Nobody has yet pointed out a curious fact about the Pavilion ballot.
    As the postal ballot paper shows, the four “other” candidates are top of the list. with the mysterious Aristide character in pole position.

  3. Thanks to all who came last night. An MP3 recording of the event is now linked from

  4. I just simply disagee. On the one question about the enviroment Nancy and Juliet ran rings around the alledged expert. Caroline Lucas appears not to know what her own councillors are up to in Brighton, she has had more than enough time to find out.

    Caroline was well versed in her policies and had good solid points but demonstrated no link to Brighton all her examples were from Oxford or Europe.

    It may be a nice romantic notion to have a first green MP. But as someone mentioned to me the other day “she won’t save a blade of grass in Brighton”. The electorate in Brighton Pavilion want an MP who will work for their interests and a vote for Nancy Platts will do that.

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