As the Tory and Labour leaders prepare nervously for the second round of head-to-head combat tonight, there can be little doubt that they both plan to take advantage of the foreign policy focus of the debate by attacking the Liberal Democrats’ policy on Trident.
The tabloid and Telegraph assault on Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg this morning is a rallying cry - in what will be a sustained counter-insurgency against making this General Election a key moment in breaking open an unfair, monopolistic and archaic political system in Britain.
It concerns a piece that the Lib Dem leader has written for the Church of England Newspaper. The Telegraph suggests "Nick Clegg appears to have undergone a rapid conversion" on the basis that, despite not believing in God "he claims that Christian values are 'central' to his policies".
“Cleggmania” is the dominant theme in the Sunday papers. “Nick Clegg almost as popular as Churchill” declares the front page of the Sunday Telegraph. The Mail on Sunday proclaims "LibDems in front for the first time in 104 years". I would hardly have been surprised to find a headline asking “Is Nick Clegg the Messiah?”.
Nick Clegg has made unprecedented waves as a result of his appearance in the first ever UK election Leaders' TV Debate. Here Simon Barrow probes him on his beliefs, religion, Europe, his political creed and more.
The hype around Lib Dem chief Nick Clegg has been extraordinary in the wake of the first UK election Leaders' Debate, says Simon Barrow. But is this all froth, or does the shift it seems to signal represent something deeper for reform and a renewed politics?