Pundits write in awe and wax lyrical about the 'rise' of Nick Clegg during the 'sham' debate that was on our screens Thursday night.
Is it any wonder that a man who the public only ever really see and hear appearing in PMQs - unless PMQs is watched in its entirity - and in 'soundbites' at that, given 'centre-stage' should find himself and his party receiving a boost?
Had Salmond or Farage been included in the debate then it stands to reason that (a) the debate would have 'come alive' and (b) their respective party would also have seen a boost. Had Lord Pearson been there, the quiet reason of the man would have had an effect too! That is applicable to any of the other 'minor' parties, but it will never happen as the Lib/Lab/Con have effectively 'controlled' the terms of the debate, whether that be on television or not. Such 'censorship' on the part of the Lib/Lab/Con is not good for democracy, neither does it allow the electorate the opportunity to make an informed decision at the ballot box.