Well, as the Tory and Labour leaders attempted to knock seven shades out of each other last night, they found themselves in agreement on one topic that may have a more profound effect on this election than they would have hoped. In between spats and ripostes about immigration and economic recovery both Cameron and Brown were competing to align themselves with the Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg. Is this going to be a case of Brown and Cameron keeping their eye on each other while the long-shot Clegg surprises them on the outside?
I had high hopes for Clegg before the "debate" (I'm sorry, but the level of staging and preparedness prevents this from being a true and open debate), and he presented himself very well. I'm glad that none of the three leaders made monumental gaffes as this will allow people to focus on the content of what they're actually saying. As Chris Huhne of the Lib Dems suggested, this debate format may be pretty shallow, but it's the least shallow thing we've had in national elections in years! The interesting thing now will be whether Clegg's win in the debate can translate into votes on May 6th.