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Gordon Brown's nightmare in Rochdale seems to have had little effect on the standing of the three big parties.
Nick met a nurse, Gordon met a cancer patient, Dave met a black man from Plymouth. The leaders' eagerness to demonstrate how in touch they are with 'real people' and to use them in the popularity stakes is a little toe-curling, even when the accounts are accurate. But the three anecdotal encounters which David Cameron used during last week's debate have unravelled to his detriment and to the further alienation of an already cynical electorate.
One down and two to go. Tonight's groundbreaking debate between the three main party leaders was always going to be more about impressions than about policy.