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Live UK general election debate blog

April 21st, 2010
02:43 PM ET

On Thursday, the leaders of the three main parties in Britain take part in a crucial televised election debate on foreign policy.

Who will come away the big winner this week?
Who will come away the big winner this week?

The relatively unknown Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg was widely seen to have triumphed in last week’s live debate on domestic affairs, sending an electrical charge through the election campaign.

The Liberal Democrats' standing in opinion polls has soared - some polls have even put the Liberal Democrats in first place.

Although it is Gordon Brown's ruling Labour Party which Clegg's success has pushed into third position in the polls, it is David Cameron's Conservatives who stand to lose the most if the Lib Dem advance continues.

And so the world will be watching closely to see if Clegg can maintain his difference.

Topics for discussion include the war in Afghanistan, replacement of Britain’s Trident missile system, and Britain’s ties with Europe.

We want to hear from you – whether you watched the event on television or followed the debate via our online blog right here.

Who do you think made the biggest impression – were there any outright winners or losers? Did Nick Clegg come away as the winner? If you are writing in from overseas – why do you care?

Here's how the debate went.

20:01 (London) – Well the debate has started with Gordon Brown opening up saying this election is not a TV popularity contest.

20:02 – Cameron says that government needs to be accountable and that there needs to be good value for money.

20:03 – Nick Clegg, Liberal Democrat leader says that the old parties have let people down and says we shouldn't have invaded in Iraq.

20:05 – First question is on how the leaders would tackle integration with Europe.

20:12 – Nick Clegg says that the UK punches above its weight if we stand together.

20:13 – Brown says let us sort out our problems.

20:15 – Next question is whether the UK would participate in future multi-national operations against terrorists abroad.

20:20 – The discussion has shifted to the role of UK troops in Afghanistan.

20:24 – Cameron mentions the Trident missile shield and Clegg says why spend money on a cold war system?

20:25 – Gordon Brown says to David Clegg "Get real" when it comes to nuclear threats.

20:26 – Next question is on climate change and what has each leader done personally to tackle climate change.

20:35 – The debate goes back to Europe for a brief minute.

20:36 – Next question is on the Catholic church scandal and whether you would cut ties with the Vatican and the Pope's visit to the UK.

20:37 – Cameron says he looks forward to the Pope coming to the UK, but that the Catholic Church has a lot of work.

20:38 – Clegg says he is not a man of faith, but says he understand faith and that he does welcome the Pope's visit.

20:39 – Brown says the church needs to deal with the problems and says he welcomes the pope's visit because the Catholic Church is a great part of British society.

20:43 – Next question is on how to restore faith in the political system.

20:44 – Clegg says that the political system needs to change.

20:44 – Brown says that your vote does count and you will have the right to make changes to make the political system work better.

20:46 – Cameron says he wants total transparency and that we also need to cut the costs of politics. Everyone around the country has had to make cuts so why shouldn't politics be the same?

20:53 – Brown says that you need to clean up the scandal and that he is ashamed of it.

20:54 – Clegg says it's not just good enough to talk the talk and not walk the walk.

20:54 – Next question is about pensions for seniors.

20:59 – Clegg says there are 2.5 million pensioners living in poverty. He wants to use the money that the government has.

21:03 – Brown and Cameron argue over campaign leaflets and free bus fare for seniors.

21:05 – Next question is on whether a coalition government is the best bet for politics?

21:05 – Cameron says he doesn't think a hung parliament would be a good thing and that you could see a situation where the confidence will come out of the economy.

21:06 – Clegg says that when country faces big issues that it is better when politicians work together. He wants to set up a council for financial accountability.

21:07 – Brown says the key plan is to strengthen the economy and there isn't any agreement on what the best way is to do that.

21:10 – Clegg says that people deserve the best government.

21:14 – Brown says you don't solve the problem by making your banks smaller and you need to have proper controls.

21:17 – The debate has shifted to foreigners taking British jobs and immigration.

21:19 – Brown talks about the introduction of foreign national identity cards and how everyone will be counted in and everyone will be counted out.

21:23 – Cameron says you can only get reach change by choosing the conservative party.

21:24 – Clegg says the immigration debate is difficult to stop pretending to know the answers.

21:26 – Time for the leaders to make final pitches to voters.

soundoff (53 Responses)
  1. Innocent

    I think Brown made the best impression and deserves a second term. His policy is ok esp for foreign students

    April 22, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Reply
  2. Confused viewer

    Sorry, I'm still confused, is CNN International actually screening this debate live? As in, will we actually see the leaders debate, or CNN pundits commenting in the CNN studio as the debate takes place, although not screened on CNN?

    April 22, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Reply
  3. Alan / London

    Gordon Brown is more prepared in Finance and Foreign Affairs. And he will appear more experienced than Cameron and Clegg. Who rely on the fickle nature of choosing by the electorate in Britain. Brown, being Scot's, in tone and accent, appears more authoratative. (In fact the best Call Centres in Britain have Scots personnel and managers I am told) But the assured Scot who is well briefed in economics and foreign affairs will win the hearts and minds in the last two debates.

    April 22, 2010 at 3:17 pm | Reply
  4. beansUK

    I think Gordon Brown is the most sensible choice. Torries are playing same blame game politics. They don't have any reforms, their agenda of politics are just how to oppose Brown. Nick Clegg claiming was the winner of last debate. No doubt he has very good style but elections are not the audition of Hollywood. Gordon Brown is trying to save UK's job, at least he is being sensible. On immigration Nick said, he will introduce regional based immigration policy as it in Australia and Canada. Nick doesn't know that UK is almost 12 time smaller the size of Ontario (single province) of Canada. Gordon is best he is trying to save the country and out of recession.

    April 22, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Reply
  5. Mark Goodacre

    Good to hear about this coverage. Unfortunately Time Warner Cable in the Carolinas do not take CNN International, so I'll be watching on C-SPAN. Good to hear about the live blog and the debate and analysis afterwards.

    April 22, 2010 at 5:15 pm | Reply
  6. PJ from Boston

    Gordon Brown is a Bush/Cheney ally and should be voted out for crimes against humanity in Iraq.

    April 22, 2010 at 5:18 pm | Reply
  7. Akter

    UK Foreign policy must be vigorously debated tonight. It looks most politicians of Major parties are now morally and ethically bankrupt. In the name of so called democracy and freedom. The party in power supported by most Conservatives MPs allowed to go to war resulting in British Troops being killed & in excess of 1 million defenceless Iraqi and Afghan civilians killed including inocent women & children. How on earth they can justify these killings in 21st century? Upcoming general election these politicians must be hold accountable by using balot papers as red card to descipline unrully politicians. These message must be loud and clear as deterant for future military game overseas. Yes, British soldiers should protect UK geographycal territory but not so called overseas interest territories.

    April 22, 2010 at 5:30 pm | Reply
  8. Mr A Reed

    I am amazed by many comments of your readers, firstly, they are very badly informed. The debate last week was like a fishing contest, suddenly someone threw a stone (Nick Clegg) in the water and it has caused a few ripples, these will soon go away and we will see who the real fisherman is. Clegg is just wasted bait, furthermore however, he should do well in tonights debate on foreign affairs, his wife is Spanish, his mother is Dutch, his father is half Russian and his political spin doctor is German.

    April 22, 2010 at 5:49 pm | Reply
  9. njndirish

    Clegg and Brown left me with the best impressions from the last debate and Cameron went after Brown rather than utilize his poll leads to push the Conservatives' agenda and how it was better than Labor's job.

    April 22, 2010 at 5:51 pm | Reply
  10. njndirish

    PJ by your logic, Obama should be voted out of office for crimes against humanity.

    April 22, 2010 at 5:52 pm | Reply
  11. Sir Richard Winklecock II

    Phil Han,

    Where is the debate taking place on CNN.com – is it on this page?

    Please clarify.

    April 22, 2010 at 6:33 pm | Reply
  12. Pete

    Nick Clegg is far from inexperienced in foreign affairs. He speaks five languages and spent 5 years as an MEP becoming the trade and industry spokesman for the LIberal block. Before that he was director of numerous world aid programmes within the European Commission and also negotiated with China and Russia on their accession to the WTO. Lest we forget also that the LIberal Democrats were the only party to oppose the Iraq war.

    April 22, 2010 at 6:50 pm | Reply
  13. John

    Everyone has clearly learned from the last debate. I'll bet no surprises this time.

    April 22, 2010 at 7:11 pm | Reply
  14. Etan Horowitz

    Looks like Gordon Brown is attempting to distinguish himself from the other two. He just compared Clegg and Cameron's arguing to his kids arguing.

    April 22, 2010 at 7:15 pm | Reply
  15. TimT

    I was thinking Clegg might stumble on his second go-round. But I don't think he's made a big mistake yet. Maybe his performance last time wasn't a fluke after all.

    April 22, 2010 at 7:18 pm | Reply
  16. John

    I wish they'd engage each other more. I know they don't because it's riskier to get into a back-and-forth. But those are the good parts when the leaders really go at each other.

    April 22, 2010 at 7:24 pm | Reply
  17. John

    Now that's more like it! Brown and Clegg facing off over Trident.

    April 22, 2010 at 7:25 pm | Reply
  18. ????????????

    Phil Han
    CNN Digital Media Producer
    am i wrong what the hell does this got to with world news
    am i wrong but is cnn a english news channel or a world news channel

    April 22, 2010 at 7:32 pm | Reply
  19. Travis

    This is an episode of the "Weakest Link". It's obvious Clegg has done a deal with Gordon Brown (£250 a month into his bank account). "Nick, my son, you support me on the Debate tonight and I'll guarantee you the job of Home Secretary. Alan (Johnson) says he's fine with that. (He's after my job, you know). " "Ha ha". Both men laugh. "So it's a deal then? We'll stitch up Cameron." Clegg: "You've got a deal, Gord". Gordon: "See you in number 10 after the Debate. And bring your wife. Welcome on board".

    April 22, 2010 at 7:32 pm | Reply
  20. Briz

    This is a much better debate than last time. It's much more of a balanced debate, and all 3 are sounding fairly strong in their views.

    Clegg is probably performing about the same level as last time, but I think Cameron is up there this time as well, and Brown is doing bettter this time too.

    April 22, 2010 at 7:41 pm | Reply
  21. John

    i'm not in the UK. but i think this is pretty important . wouldn't you say a UK parliament election is second only to a u.s. presidential race in its effect on the world?

    April 22, 2010 at 7:43 pm | Reply
  22. ????????????

    22nd, 2010 7:43 pm ET

    i'm not in the UK. but i think this is pretty important . wouldn't you say a UK parliament election is second only to a u.s. presidential race in its effect on the world?
    how? you from the uk if your from the us the world knows who love the english big tim mr han answer my quset., please

    April 22, 2010 at 7:50 pm | Reply
  23. ????????????

    22nd, 2010 7:43 pm ET

    i'm not in the UK. but i think this is pretty important . wouldn't you say a UK parliament election is second only to a u.s. presidential race in its effect on the world?
    how? you from the uk if your from the us the world knows who love the english big tim mr han answer my quset., please any body

    April 22, 2010 at 7:51 pm | Reply
  24. John

    rather than flame back at ?????? i'm trying to think of another election beyond the us and uk that has as big an effect on world affairs.

    I'd entertain the suggestion that an election in India is be up there in terms of importance to the world.
    It directly affects a billion people and is closely watched by another 150 million in Pakistan, and is important to China.

    April 22, 2010 at 7:58 pm | Reply
  25. Briz

    The way it's going I think the impact on the polls will be quite small this time.

    I can see the Tories gaining slightly. People were surprised last week as Cameron seemed weak. People who were thinking they were likely to vote Conservative before last week, probably weren't so certain after his preformance and may have been considering alternatives. I think he may be restoring his image a bit tonight and winning those people back.

    The Lib Dems probably won't see much difference, but maintaining the progress from last week should be seen as a positive outcome.

    April 22, 2010 at 7:58 pm | Reply
  26. Pete

    Cameron and Brown have just made two overtly sexist policy statements which will no doubt be overlooked. Brown is extending womens pension allowance to the full amount while failing to mention that women receive the pension five years earlier than men even though men have an average life expectancy five years shorter, pensions need to be equal for both sexes. Cameron said they will extend the work age for 1 year for men only, does this mean he thinks women are less able than men?

    April 22, 2010 at 8:04 pm | Reply
  27. mohamed

    The 3 musketeers, do you trust these guys or a used car salesman. The best man for the job to take us into the future with a balanced view is Gordon Brown, but he needs me to help show the party to really make the difference for us UK, not the world, not the other countries but Britain, make it safe, own a gun means death sentence, zero tolerance. get rid of free loaders benefits cheats, and really support those that need it, stop immigration even from the eu, so that our kids and elders get jobs again. Push education and reward this for people that work hard, save and want to live less on government, reward them with less tax or no tax on their pension. Decrease inheritance tax for the people that have made a success in life. Support diginity in dying and encourage people that are supported by medicines, life support to end their lives in peace and with love from their family. stop donating money to foreign countries and use that money to build the health system, eductaion, police. Britain is a benefit state, kill the dependence on the state, send all foreign priosoners back to their country. pull our troops out of other countries it is not our business. lets build britain to the country that it was, ingenious, entrepeuners, creators and builders that found opportunities to make a success instead of depending on other countries, lets get UK back to what UK was. Viva labour, you are doing a great job. Guess who the movie star is, whi is the preacher and who has the real aim of shaping our country.

    April 22, 2010 at 8:07 pm | Reply
  28. Pete

    Mohamed, I don't think you should vote labour as your views are quite contrary to their manifesto. I think you should be looking more toward UKIP or the BNP

    April 22, 2010 at 8:15 pm | Reply
  29. mohamed

    cameron lives in glass box, if you want to increase jobs then you have to stop immigration to increase jobs for our childrena dn our elders. surely you must be blind not to see this. who works in most of the stores, cleaners, drivers etc, go and have a look it is eu people, they are taking our jobs away. those people on benefits that can work shall be asked to fill these roles and if they refuse then no more benefits. oh cleg,,,surely not johnny cleg is it,,,,this guy has some good points on immigration, speaking english, paying tax and living withoin the law of the country. immigration is not indoans or africans it is the eu that is causing the problem, people from eu can come in easily and work in any fields, 2008 the chold birth rate increased almost double because eu workers were having more births in uk due to hospitals etc. conservative is a problem, nicey nicey opnly works for this guy because he lives in a glass house.

    April 22, 2010 at 8:23 pm | Reply
  30. susan

    I give Brown on substance and the fact that he appears to be much more comfortable the second time around. He scored some good comments. Clegg is maintaining his strong first debate performance in this one. Cameron reminds me too much of the classic, officious and ambitious president of student government at university. As a US citizen, I give kudos to the British debate format and organization – I find these debates much livelier and less rule-bound than presidential debates.

    April 22, 2010 at 8:26 pm | Reply
  31. mohamed

    hi Pete, thanks mate, but that is the fundamnetal problem, why did you point out the bnp, because they are the only party that states what is real to most people. if you are like me and my family and friends, our kids cant get a job in the local lidlds, kfc, etc because the jobs are taken by eu. why do you want to give money to other countries but not use our tax payers money to builds our country. why fight other peoples battles that they cant fix themselves and put our soldiers lives at risk. zero tolerance for criminals will solve the deaths and stabbings on our streets. i want mey 90 yeart old mother to walk at 2,00 clock in the morning without any worry in the world. lets reward the people that want to eductae themselves and progress in life and have less dependence on the state, natyurally they should be rewarded.

    April 22, 2010 at 8:30 pm | Reply
  32. Etan Horowitz

    Nick Clegg says he wants to make the UK a "force for good in the world." That's sounds a lot like Barack Obama when he was campaigning for president last year.

    April 22, 2010 at 8:30 pm | Reply
  33. Pete

    Immigration cannot be denied on an Ideological grounds simply because those arguments are very weak. It can only be on pragmatic grounds, Clegg has the best answers for this problem. Allowing those already in society to ingratiate themselves fully instead of operating outside of society where they're subject to criminal gangs, don't pay tax etc. Those coming into the country should be decided and placed according to needs, this country would be crippled without immigrant workers. Clegg clearly offers the best and most realistic solution to this problem.

    April 22, 2010 at 8:37 pm | Reply
  34. ????????????

    because he lives in a glass house.

    susan April 22nd, 2010 8:26 pm ET

    I give Brown on substance and the fact that he appears to be much more comfortable the second time around. He scored some good comments. Clegg is maintaining his strong first debate performance in this one. Cameron reminds me too much of the classic, officious and ambitious president of student government at university. As a US citizen, I give kudos to the British debate format and organization – I find these debates much livelier and less rule-bound than presidential debates.

    yet aagain us citizen loveing the uk becky just said what happens in the uk changes the world how?i rember when the world banned a drug,uk did not or the us but when uk,banned it the us starting crying and then banned it

    April 22, 2010 at 8:40 pm | Reply
  35. Rajiv & Sanjiv & Mrs Sunila & Mr Romesh Nath Malhotra

    We 4 will be voting for the British Labour Party as there are more tax-credits for old-age pensioners & single Moms & more entrepreneurships & internships for under 36 year olds & there is less crime more policing better N.H.S & the credit crunch & inflation 7 recession is under control & less tuition fees for colleges & Universities, better transport & more homes are being built less strikes & less unions 7 will not be ruled by the European Union-Brussels but our British monarchy i.e the "Royal Family"Her royal Highness Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth Windsor -ix will be intact & all British citizens & we 4 Malhotras take an oath of alligience to her Royal Highness Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth Windsor & the British Empire of 500 years will be intact & stern
    All the above will be jeopardised by the Tories & Liberal Democrats
    We are supporting the policies of Rt Hon James Callaghan & Rt Hon Harold Wilson & Rt Hon McMillian of the 1970s & 1980s & Rt Hon Clement Attllee of the 1940s & the 1950s who are the past Prime Ministers of the British Labour Party My father's mother i.e our Paternal grandmother is British before 1951

    April 22, 2010 at 8:50 pm | Reply
  36. Jack

    I think David is the winner of the debate

    April 22, 2010 at 8:57 pm | Reply
  37. Travis

    I have grave fear for our future. CNN tells us that Gordon Brown!!!! came out top among Twitter users. He has spent the last 13 years single-handedly ploughing the British economy into the ground, building up debt to rival Greece's. The UK Government is BORROWING 200 million pounds PER DAY just to keep the Civil Service paid!! Blair said: "Education, education, education" and started throwing Taxpayers' money at the youth. Never mind the people who pay that money – they can be squeezed. Now it's just the "Youth". They don't read books or Newspapers: they all use twitter. They don't go outdoors anymore: their reality is on You-Tube. They don't have real friends anymore: just Avatars and pseuds and paedophiles on Facebook." These Twitter people need to go out into the real world where people have no jobs, where there are wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, all started by Labour supporting the US, paid for by Gordon Brown. Wars cost money. War costs lives. Wars cost jobs. Twitter users, you don't pay. When you start paying, you will find out how you have been conned by Gordon Brown. Put down your mobile, turn off your PC, walk away from your TV: get real.

    April 22, 2010 at 8:58 pm | Reply
  38. Nicola

    I am English, but I thought to add my comment here. :)

    Ive just watched the debate, and have full intention of voting LibDem on 6th May. I dislike David Cameron because if he comes into power then the unemployment will likely rise, and the number of cuts to the public sector will be ridiculous.

    On a side note though, Gordon Brown was on fire in that debate, much to my amusement. But there are too many mistakes by the Labour party, and the Conservative party turns people off due to their risky economic ideals and anti-working class policies.

    April 22, 2010 at 9:01 pm | Reply
  39. Rajiv & Sanjiv & Mrs Sunila & Mr Romesh Nath Malhotra

    The policies of the Labour Party of more tax credits of old age pensioners & single moms & less tuition fees for universities & less crime more housing & better transport & less dependence of the European union & ethnics vote &strikes & unions will be jeopardised by the Tories & Liberal democrats We 4 take an oath of alligience to Her royal Highness Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth Windsor-ix as our paternal grandmother is British before 1951 & the policies of RtHon James Callghan & RtHon harold wilson & RtHon Clement Attllee -my father Romesh Nath Malhotra took his photograph with him in 1951 in London- the past Labour Prime Ministers of the 1950s & 1970s & 1980s policies will be implemennted unlike the RtHon Baroness Margaret Thatcher's -Tories era of the 1980s

    April 22, 2010 at 9:02 pm | Reply
  40. Whig

    The format of the debate tended to make it a bit boring at time. There was too much discussion between the leaders. This is certainly important, but it went on a times and it would have been more interesting to have more questions. David Cameron's positions on Europe are from Cloud Cuckoo Land and he sounded a bit too much like the Daily Mail at points. He will have major trouble with foreign relations if he becomes Prime Minister (especially if William Hague is Foreign Minister). What Britain sorely needs is electoral reform, so we can have a properly representative government and parliament. Not like last time, when Tony Blair became prime minister again with only 22% of the electorate. Thanks to CNN for screening. Although, what on earth was Jamie Rubin doing on Becky's panel?

    April 22, 2010 at 9:14 pm | Reply
  41. Konstance Hill

    Hi CNN yep the big bash 2, and wasnt it just personal it was, but over all we will do a full blog tonight and post it tormorrow, the big thing here is who is kidding who? Camerons lack of prowling ability, and clear weak at the knees clearly shows he is just hanging around during costume change in the wings, and then is just hoping the remaining 13 days pass and the millions of undeclared tax money from his backers and the corruption over large money donations which then generated jobs for life would all go away, and he could skirt by and let the other two political parties would just demolish each other.

    While the rubbery Brown the current Prime Minister and head honcho of the UK Government, really lost his cool, looked bored, and had little to say that we have not heard on other days, it lacked freshness and was stale and was a clumsy mix of old statements, and boring, ideals that the funding of such is still not declared.

    Nick Clegg, while the surprise package did attempt to answere all the questions and in many places pulled out some really good answers, and the closing speech he made was clearly a show that the other two parties just couldnt lay a glove on, it was interesting and refreshing.

    The booty that Clegg has made up for tonight the big question is will that be translated into votes?

    The show is still wide open and its nice to see that this time wither in a large way or in a small way me and all my team and those that have given me great oppotunities to blog, and to comment here on CNN and around the world that the voter has really this time taken on some of the comments and taken a real good look at the very corrupt state of the UK and its corrosive and out of control UK Democracy that is damaged by the rotten state of the use of ideology and the hiddeous views of the resentful nature of politics in the UK.

    xxxxxxx

    konstance

    April 22, 2010 at 9:18 pm | Reply
  42. Holly

    Not sure if I was watching the same debate as the other blogger's on this site, but, from where I was sitting the only one who was different was Cameron. It was Clegg and Brown against Cameron. The Lib Dems would give all Brit powers to Brussels and Labour will continue wild spending until we go bankrupt. Cameron is the right man.

    April 22, 2010 at 9:27 pm | Reply
  43. ronnie

    I DONT UNDERSTAND WHAT IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD HAVE WE FORGOTEN ABOUT JESUS THE SON OF GOD WHO SENT JESUS TO EARTH TO DIE ON THE CROSS FOR THE SINS OF THE WORLD PEOPLE THINK MONEY IS THE ANSWER BUT IT IS JESUS GET YOURSELF A KING JAMES BIBLE JESUS LOVES YOU HE WANTS TO GIVE YOU ETEARNAL LIFE HE LOVES YOU RON CALIFORNIA

    April 22, 2010 at 9:32 pm | Reply
  44. Yvette Dickson-Tetteh

    I agree, I think Gordon Brown deserves a lot more credit.

    He is a strong, realistic and knowledgeable leader. He was able to identify and explain to the public the very important weaknesses in the other leaders. Cameron's 'anti-europeanism' and Clegg's 'anti-americanism' would hurt Britain if either were to come into power.

    April 22, 2010 at 9:36 pm | Reply
  45. Yvette Dickson-Tetteh

    - my mistake i do not agree with the statement that comes just before my last one at all that.

    April 22, 2010 at 9:38 pm | Reply
  46. mike dawson

    I too thought Gordon did pretty well, but the British polls and blogs are now firing out, and the popular opinion now is that he lost, and the other two were level pegging. It's a shame really that Brown is so ill-suited to TV, as I really do think he would make the best Prime Minister. At the moment, the Lib Dems lack of experience and personnel hinders them, but a Lab-Lib coalition would help with that, and make them more viable in the future. I think that could be the best outcome here.

    April 22, 2010 at 10:04 pm | Reply
  47. Pete

    Not at one point did Clegg indicate that he would give all Britains "powers" whatever they may be to europe, he is the only one guaranteeing a referendum on europe. A wholesale withdrawel from europe as cameron is proposing would be a disaster for the uk, as clegg and brown rightly pointed out, a lot of jobs and trade depend on us being in the european union. Lib Dem policies are clear, simple common sense policies. They are focusing on what would be best for everyone regardless of ideology.

    April 22, 2010 at 10:08 pm | Reply
  48. A Born Englishman

    Brown was much better than last week; Clegg a lot worse; Cameron about the same. Clegg (LIBDEM) is, to me a 100% Englishman, a very frightening politician owing to his extreme allegiance to Europe, his desire to force the UK to drop the Pound and adopt the Euro, his plan to give citizenship to illegal immigrants, and his huge lack of experience especially in foreign affairs. Clegg, btw, is 50% Dutch and 25% Russian.

    April 23, 2010 at 5:51 am | Reply
  49. Rosemarie Kelly

    I don't understand the polls. I thought Brown clearly won on substance and clear understanding of the issues facing the UK. He deserves another term. Clegg and Cameron were too slick and seemed to only have cute phrases, but not very much substance. But, I won't be voting -:)

    April 23, 2010 at 2:47 pm | Reply
  50. nothim

    Hi all

    Sky News was the instigator of this confusion in British politics when they suggested the idea for a party debate on TV,Congratulations on being extremely shortsighted , have you ever heard this before if not here it is. It is best to let sleeping dogs continue to sleep because you might wake a sleeping lion. , the Lib Dems were not on anybody's radar they were not even something many people considered as a third party now they are and what this means is the labor party will win with a hung elections. Congratulations SKY News you should add a new word to your name SKY confusion News.

    April 26, 2010 at 10:22 pm | Reply
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