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Live UK general election debate coverage blog

April 15th, 2010
03:06 PM ET

The three leaders of the main political parties in the UK - Labour leader Gordon Brown, Conservative leader David Cameron and Liberal Democrats leader Nick Clegg - made history Thursday by appearing in the first ever televised general election debate in the country's history.

From left to right: Liberal Democrats leader Nick Clegg, Conservative leader David Cameron and Labour leader Gordon Brown (Getty Images).
From left to right: Liberal Democrats leader Nick Clegg, Conservative leader David Cameron and Labour leader Gordon Brown (Getty Images).

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 the debate change your opinion of any of the leaders? If you are writing in from overseas - why do you care?

Immediately following the debate, Connect the World will brought you a televised 30 minute special from 2200(London) where three heavyweights from Britain's political past gave their analysis.

Tony Benn, Douglas Hurd and David Steel gave their insight into who were the night's big winners and losers.

Here's how we reported the debate:

20:28 (All times London): Hello everyone, this is Phil Han, the digital producer for Connect the World. We're about to start the debate and getting ready to track how the three leaders do. Remember to leave all your comments below and join in the debate yourself. Hope you enjoy the debate!

20:31: It's a minute past the start time of the debate and it looks like things are running a bit late... hopefully the leaders didn't have any trouble getting to Manchester because of the volcanic ash cloud!

20:33: Things are about to start as all three leaders – David Cameron of the Conservatives, Gordon Brown of Labour and Nick Clegg of Liberal Democrats are introduced to applause.

20:34: Nick Clegg says there isn't just two choices and that there is an alternative. There's a chance to do things differently he says.. he wants to create a fair society with better schools and an economy not held hostage by bankers.

20:35: Gordon Brown opens up by saying these aren't ordinary times and that the economy is number one. He says everything depends on a strong economy and that 2010 is the defining year.

20:36: David Cameron says he is glad to be at the debates and he brings up the expense scandal. He wants everyone to come together - he says we need change.

20:37: First question is on a fair immigration for the UK. Gordon Brown says he is the man to deal with immigration - he talks about what his party has done.

20:38: Cameron says that immigration is a big problem and says it's too high in the last few years. Says he wants it down to the level it was from a few years ago.

20:39: Clegg says he wants to establish tougher borders - he's wearing a nice golden tie.. matching his party colors.

20:40: Brown is allowed to debate the other points from the other leaders and brings up ID cards for foreign nationals and says he is taking specific steps. He doesn't look at any of the other leaders during this.

20:42: No one seems to really be talking with each other. Cameron is speaking but faces the audience and doesn't look at Brown or Clegg.. Clegg starts to speak and says there is good immigration and bad immigration.

20:43: Cameron jumps in by saying that this country has benefited from immigration, but that he does think things are out of control. Brown says it is under control and he is bringing tougher steps.. also for the first time he briefly looks at Cameron.

20:44: For the first time Brown and Cameron directly seem to argue with each other on plans for the future and how things have been going.

20:45: Cameron has directly asked Clegg how you can have this sort of regional approach to immigration and how you can tell someone where they go and work and live. Clegg says many other countries have this policy and that they should do it in the UK.

20:47: Next question is on crime rates across the UK and how best to deal with it and solve the problem.

20:49: All three leaders agree that there is a crime problem and that they all want more police on the streets.

20:51: Cameron brings up issue of where crime is coming from and brings up the drug issue and says that they aren't really dealing with the problem of drug addiction.

20:52: Clegg says the line that prisons are like colleges of crime and that he wants to change behavior.

20:52: Brown says that you need to keep people off the streets – whether it's with music, sports, etc. Brings up police issue of having neighborhood policing and people being able to direct how a police force is run.

20:55: Brown thanks David Cameron for all the posters the conservative party has put up around the country - makes the joke that he has done more for the Labour party then any newspaper editor.

20:56: Brown also directly asks Cameron whether he supports the way police forces are run.

20:57: Clegg says that both Cameron and Brown do not have exact numbers in their manifestos.

20:58: Brown asks again whether Cameron can keep police spending levels, but Cameron doesn't directly answer it.

20:59: Clegg says that people don't have any respect for politicans and says that those MPs who were involved have still not been dealt with.

21:00: Brown says he is shocked by scandal and says MPs were irresponsible. He wants to do three things to change system. The right of recall, give people to petition parliament and finally to reform the house of commons and house of lords.

20:59: Next question is about credibility of politicians after expense scandal.

21:01: Cameron says he will cut the cost of politics – cut pay for MPs, cut size of Whitehall, make politics better value for money.

21:02: Clegg says he hears the words they say, but that they don't actually take any action.

21:03: The debate has shifted to the reform of the House of Lords and electoral reform. Cameron directly attacks Brown by saying he has had years to reform, but he hasn't.

21:05: Cameron says all parties have had problems with expense scandals. He does take blame saying the Conservatives do take advantage of rich individuals.

21:06: Brown says we need to raise the standard of debate and that we need to take action. He says Clegg supports him on reform of the House. Clegg says there is nothing to support because Brown hasn't done anything for 13 years.

21:07: It seems like Brown is trying to get Clegg to get on his side and gang up on Cameron and the Conservatives.

21:08: Next question is on education - Asks what the party leaders will do to improve education.

21:09: Brown says that we need to reach for the highest of standards and that we are in a new world where young people need to have grades to compete.

21:11: Clegg says that there is too much paperwork and that we need to let teachers teach, and they want to put an education freedom act which bans government from micro-managing.

21:14: Cameron says that you cannot confuse what goes in for money and what comes out and talks about the amount of waste.

21:16: Brown says better education requires teachers and that you can't cut out money and you need to main investment per pupil. Says the Conservatives can't agree to this.

21:16: Cameron says that Brown is inventing a figure plucked out of the air and they say they can save money when it comes to education.

21:17: Clegg says that the more Brown and Cameron argue together that they start to sound the same.

21:19: Next question is talking about budget deficit without hurting growth.

21:20: Cameron says the threat to recovery is Labour's job tax.

21:21: Clegg says that we need to be open to voters and that the Lib Dems have been open and they have found detailed savings.

21:22: Brown says that you need to make big choices. Says the economy is at critical point and you can't take money out of the economy now because you will put the economy at risk.

21:25: Cameron brings up two waste stories about credit cards to civil servants and the amount of pay rises. Says to stop the waste.

21:26: Clegg says there is a black hole in public financies and he is asking who will be straight with voters.

21:28: Brown says he has the responsibility to get the economy moving and that the government needs to play a role and you can't just rely on private sector. Don't put jobs at works.

21:29: Cameron says why have 100 big business leaders said that the biggest risk is Brown's job's tax.

21:30: Next question is about British troops dying, being underpaid and underequipped.

21:31: Clegg talks of the job that soldiers do and says they need to be paid more because of the job they are doing. Says he wants proper armour and equipment.

21:32: Brown talks about pride for armed services and UK's role in Afghanistan. He says he has increased spending over the last few years.

21:33: Cameron says he can't see questioner and talks about determination of soldiers and how they are both brave and brilliant. He doesn't think we do enough for them.

21:35: Brown talks about how he can bring troops home by training Afghan soldiers and the levels of pay, etc.

21:36: Cameron says that we haven't fundamentally asked what the best way is to protect the country and soldiers.

21:37: Clegg says that we need a complete review to see if the equipment that is used is right for how UK fights battles and the type of war.

21:39: Brown brings up the nuclear arms treaty and says that UK can make a difference by trying to reduce nuclear weapons around the world.

21:40: Says we shouldn't have the same mantra as the country did during the Cold War.

21:40: Moderator refocuses debate on how to help troops and levels of pay and equipment.

21:41: Next question is about health – what are the parties wishes for the future of healthcare and how would they address worry of older population.

21:42: He talks about urgent care at home and says that if people want to stay at home, they should. People need the help in their homes. Priority is on personal guarantees over seeing a specialist when they want.

21:43: Cameron talks about the love of the NHS and says the NHS is special and says that the NHS budget should grow in real terms every year under Conservative government. But he also wants to improve it.

21:44: Clegg says how you need to protect the services and says that all the priorities are wrong.

21:45: Brown says Cameron won't give guarantees on seeing a doctor.

21:47: Clegg says he wants to judge how the NHS does when he is sick and how it does at helping.

21: 48: Cameron talks about the death rates from cancer and how UK is worse than Bulgaria.

21:50: Clegg says that all he wants is honesty in the discussion.

21:51: Final question of the night!!! When is each party going to have a fairer system for the eldery?

21:52: Cameron says it's unfair that you have people who have worked hard their whole life and yet they can't afford care after 65.

21:53: Clegg says that the issue is so big and that it affects everyone and that it the parties should set aside differences and come up with ideas.

21:54: Brown says elderly people shouldn't have to choose the kind of care they want. Contrasts nurse care to home care.

21:55: Cameron says there is a deep unfairness in the system.

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  1. Mike

    Putting the debate aside from a moment, how can CNN International have the headline to this story as "Do you even care?" For Christ sake you are a news agency, aren't you supposed to assume that people visit you to be informed about events?!

    Without a doubt I no longer care about your coverage of these events.

    April 15, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Reply
  2. Corey

    Becuase Mike, people dont care. It is not cnn's fault. They are just reporting that fact

    April 15, 2010 at 5:28 pm | Reply
  3. John

    I think people outside the UK definitely care. At least some of them... and all of them should. UK elections are probably second only to the US in their implications for people all over the world.

    April 15, 2010 at 5:41 pm | Reply
  4. Calvin

    true Corey, i am a resident of the UK and the majority of people here don't really seem to care about politics anymore- they only vote for the party who everyone else is voting for and not for the party which will benefit them the most.

    April 15, 2010 at 5:50 pm | Reply
  5. John

    Do you guys think it makes much of a difference which party is in control? I think a lot of people outside the UK may not notice much of a difference when power changes hands.

    April 15, 2010 at 5:57 pm | Reply
  6. Ashiru

    I'am with u online and i have no choice between each other lets us see how debate its be .

    April 15, 2010 at 6:36 pm | Reply
  7. Chris

    This may be the first specific televised election debate, however this is not the first televised debate in our countrys history. Nor is it the first time the party leaders have faced off in debate.

    I draw your attention to Prime ministers question time, which happens every week when Parliament is sitting. This is televised on BBC Parliament and highlights sometimes make the main news bulletins.

    The major difference for this debate is that lots of people will actually be watching (and the audience will have to be quiet, instead of the jeering and cheering the MPs do when their leader scores a point).

    April 15, 2010 at 6:41 pm | Reply
  8. Alain

    Hi Guys,

    Any ideas where watch the debate when outside of UK??

    April 15, 2010 at 7:16 pm | Reply
  9. obilly mcs

    Cameron conservative party has promised to introduce annual ‘cap’ on the number of people coming into this country. People come into this country for various reasons – study, tourism, settlement, business, transit and as such there are different types of visas; each with a set of requirements to satisfy before a visa can be issued.

    Question 1

    How does a conservative government intend to allocate numbers to each type of visa and what type of visa will receive the least or most number-allocation and why?

    Question 2

    It is expected that any restrictions will affect non-EU countries more, which countries will receive the lowest/highest ‘cap’ and what will be the criteria?

    Question 3

    If the ‘cap’ on a certain type of visa or on immigration has been reached and obviously the consulates stop accepting further applications,

    A). How does a conservative government achieve the immigration/emigration balance ensuring that the country (UK) does not lose revenues

    B). How do they intend to measure shortages (skills) and the number of people leaving this country and at what cost?

    April 15, 2010 at 7:51 pm | Reply
  10. Jason Harris

    I'm a Tory but Clegg is definitely coming out better. He is coming out with practical steps rather than hot air and pipe dreams

    April 15, 2010 at 7:53 pm | Reply
  11. Kranthi

    The Lib dems.....are making clear of what they want to do for the people of Britain, very very clear............ i doubt about conserv & labour...

    April 15, 2010 at 7:59 pm | Reply
    • Jason Harris

      I agree. The Lib Dems are coming over very genuine and convincing. I'm impressed and might change my voting intentions if I like the look of their manifesto – just their attitude to Europe worries me

      April 15, 2010 at 8:04 pm | Reply
  12. Kranthi

    Lib dems ..........i think after the show , many people may decide to go for lib dems.............

    April 15, 2010 at 8:00 pm | Reply
  13. Jason Harris

    Cameron is taking a bit of a hammering. Brown is really laying into him. I thought Brown would be the weakest tonight but he's fighting his corner well – even if I don't agree with him! Lol

    April 15, 2010 at 8:00 pm | Reply
  14. percy luff

    Which party shows respect for those people who gave there lives for this country when you are given powers to BRUSSELS which party is for GREAT BRITAIN.

    April 15, 2010 at 8:00 pm | Reply
  15. Steve

    Its an absolute discrace that the leaders or Wales, Northen Ireland and Scotland are not included in this debate, do we not live in a united Kindom or what?, Decisions in westminster affect the whole of the united kindom and the elected representatives of all the political parties should be involved. Otherwise this is a biased political broadcast. Not quite what democracy is supposd to be.

    April 15, 2010 at 8:02 pm | Reply
    • Jason Harris

      They have already said that those leaders are on tv next week at 9

      April 15, 2010 at 8:06 pm | Reply
  16. Patrick

    My goodness, I have no idea why David Cameron is regarded the next British leader. He attacks Gordon Brown more than giving me any new vision on his administration. He keeps using extreme and negative language. If people compare Mr. Cameron with President Obama, I can tell you he is far from that. At least, I have to ask him, where is HOPE?

    Hong Kong

    April 15, 2010 at 8:03 pm | Reply
  17. John

    As a American, I'm amazed at how quickly you pull together an election process. It takes us months and years and millions of dollars to do this!

    April 15, 2010 at 8:04 pm | Reply
  18. Kranthi

    I am with steve,,,,you are right.....!

    April 15, 2010 at 8:04 pm | Reply
  19. John

    Just curious... who here is **inside the UK** and who's **outside the UK?**

    April 15, 2010 at 8:05 pm | Reply
    • Jason Harris

      Inside the UK!

      April 15, 2010 at 8:10 pm | Reply
  20. Kranthi

    I think the news channel has come out with a wonderful way to judge oyr future leaders.........and that to live............really it is very helpful and thought of the leaders............

    April 15, 2010 at 8:07 pm | Reply
  21. nik Kul

    @percy luff

    I would welcome it when UK quits the EU.
    Why the hell are you even in it? You guys still haven't adapted tothe fact that Great Britain is not important anymore. The global players are
    the BRIC countries, US and Japan.
    The only chance for Europe to have any say in world politics is as a unified country. But especially people n the UK don't seem to realize that.
    So I recommend, quit and see where you end up.

    April 15, 2010 at 8:08 pm | Reply
    • Jason Harris

      If the UK isn't very important – I'm not sure why u are taking such an interest in the elections or on this blog – surely you have something more interesting to do?!!!

      April 15, 2010 at 8:14 pm | Reply
  22. Kranthi

    very very convincing...........fight between the 3........parties......Lib is putting.......there thoughts..........

    April 15, 2010 at 8:08 pm | Reply
  23. Steve

    ps to the guys that are saying that no-one seems to care. Due to the lack of regional representatives from Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland, I can assure you that people in these regions are rather angry over having no representation at these debates and therefore will be watching and will naturally be looking for comments to be negative about because of their exclusion.

    I think the 3 big parties at westminster have scored an own goal on this one.

    especially the Liberal democrats who have advocated a federal britain for a long time

    April 15, 2010 at 8:15 pm | Reply
    • Jason Harris

      Steve they have already said that those regions will be represented next week on TV! They aren't being ignored!

      April 15, 2010 at 8:22 pm | Reply
  24. Kranthi

    Oops...you are right steve...

    April 15, 2010 at 8:18 pm | Reply
  25. Jason Harris

    I think cameron and brown are being a bit arrogant – none of them seem to be worried about the quiet threat of Nick Clegg who is benefitting from their childish arguing!

    April 15, 2010 at 8:19 pm | Reply
  26. obilly mcs

    The only person with a charisma in this debate is Clegg. I wish he wasn't a liberal

    April 15, 2010 at 8:19 pm | Reply
  27. Kranthi

    why dont all these parties........work together and choose a leader...after all ....all want is welfare & good things for this country....why debate..? just wonderer..ing? .

    April 15, 2010 at 8:21 pm | Reply
  28. John

    Can't help but wonder if they deliberately call elections in the springtime, when people have much more interesting things to focus on besides the political process.

    April 15, 2010 at 8:21 pm | Reply
  29. Graham Duane

    Looks to me as if Clegg is putting in a solid performance while the other two swing for each other. Cameron looks surprisingly stiff and awkward. Of course they can all score points off each other, but Clegg seems to have a clear plan to say precisely what he would do and let the other two have a private contest. He's doing better than I expected.

    April 15, 2010 at 8:21 pm | Reply
    • Jason Harris

      Yes I agree – Clegg is like a breath of fresh air – the others seem old school politics. The public are fed up with old style politics

      April 15, 2010 at 8:30 pm | Reply
  30. rabi


    April 15, 2010 at 8:21 pm | Reply
  31. Kranthi

    Jason & obilly ........... absolutely right

    April 15, 2010 at 8:22 pm | Reply
  32. Kranthi

    next week.......but it would have been good if all together........news channel spends so much of time on other things...why don't they do shows where all parties are together and with a bigger audience

    April 15, 2010 at 8:25 pm | Reply
  33. Raphael de Souza

    I am right in the middle of my Finance assignment for my MBA course due tommorow at 9 am....but have been pulled in by the Debate. I am pleasantly surprised at Mr Browns ability to put across some sound reccomendations inityiatives and steps as I am with Mr Clegg. Mr Cameron has unfortunately not been as in depth and robust.

    Mr Clegg has shown some of the best and practical ideas but far too many time seems to just be rebutting the policies andideas of the other parties. For teh sake of the country I think I am voting Labour and if i had a second pick ill go for the Liberal Democrats.

    Mr Cameron so far is dissapointing because it all seems like looking the part rather than being the part for him. Well thats my humble opinion.

    April 15, 2010 at 8:26 pm | Reply
    • Jason Harris

      Fair enough – I agree with a lot of what you say but I think Labour are tired and we need change. They have had long enough to reduce crime and immigration, reduce class sizes etc. We pay more tax under them than we did before but I don't see a lot of difference apart from a lot more people on benefits. I thought cameron would come out best but agree he looks nervous – Clegg is showing Statesman-like skills!

      April 15, 2010 at 8:38 pm | Reply
  34. Kranthi

    Mr Clegg .............is doing good.....................along the conversation.......

    April 15, 2010 at 8:30 pm | Reply
  35. Steve

    sorry Jason,
    what they offered was each other party can give their opinions on the debate , not a chance to stand up and compete with the other political leaders, myself like many others dont want to here someone complaining after athe fact, its important to see our leader debate the issues that concern us all in the moment before the spin doctors turn it all around. For better or worse we live in a united Kingdom its complicated with devolved solutions but we should do our best to try and see what we can do together otherwise exclusion could lead to even worsening relations throughout the whole of the uk

    April 15, 2010 at 8:31 pm | Reply
  36. obilly mcs

    In case you dont know people, the conservative Party led by Cameron launched their manifesto offering 'change'. Changes that make me wonder if they are now social democrats. They forgot that the only change that matters is the name, 'Conservative'. In this debate I can see that Cameron is battling between his conservative views and what the public will like to here. He is not being himself otherwise he would be more interesting than this

    April 15, 2010 at 8:32 pm | Reply
  37. rabi

    Jason Harris you lot think you own the world your so so luckly cnn cant live without you every story on cnn is abount the english plus, the us c love the english more than they love themselfs

    April 15, 2010 at 8:33 pm | Reply
    • Jason Harris

      Not sure what point you're trying to make other than having a go at the British. I personally took a keen interest in the US elections because I enjoy politics and am interested in WORLD affairs not just my own country.

      April 15, 2010 at 8:44 pm | Reply
  38. Simon

    @rabi This is World News, unless your unaware the UK is still a great power of the World and has considerable influence Worldwide in what it does. And to let you know the BBC and many media outlets in the UK had major coverage of Obama, whether the British people wanted it or not. The UK is hardly a country that isnt known now is it?

    April 15, 2010 at 8:35 pm | Reply
  39. Kranthi

    all should work together will that be possible.........? all are working for the people...........

    April 15, 2010 at 8:36 pm | Reply
  40. Andrew

    It is evident that Cameron does not have original ideas or the detail to support his claim for a change. Clegg however seems to repeat the same old liberal mantra which is we,ll keep everybody happy. Reality suggest it is naive at the very least. Brown clearly the most capable must concede to having been a bed partner with the out of control boom and busters. However, if I had to cast my reluctant vote now I feel its best placed with Brown.

    April 15, 2010 at 8:38 pm | Reply
  41. Kranthi

    Simon.........you are right............

    April 15, 2010 at 8:39 pm | Reply
  42. Kranthi

    Mr Clegg...........is doing some magic..............

    April 15, 2010 at 8:40 pm | Reply
  43. Graham Duane

    Obilly mcs – agree completely. Cameron is letting it slip by trying to ride the public tide when the public themselves don't know exactly what they want. Or at least, if they know what that is, they don't know how they could get it.

    April 15, 2010 at 8:41 pm | Reply
  44. rabi

    April 15th, 2010 8:35 pm ET

    @rabi This is World News, unless your unaware the UK is still a great power of the World and has considerable influence Worldwide in what it does. And to let you know the BBC and many media outlets in the UK had major coverage of Obama, whether the British people wanted it or not. The UK is hardly a country that isnt known now is it?
    where is it the power you put cnn on theres some stuipd english story on it if obama gets killed or your queen gets killed the us cnn will give more upset abount the queen than him plus we have the BOMB

    April 15, 2010 at 8:41 pm | Reply
  45. tristan

    The show gives an unfair equality to the third party, which is a much smaller party than the other two in the UK.

    April 15, 2010 at 8:41 pm | Reply
  46. Vicky

    Labour has had years to make improvements to this country. I think people really want change, and realistically, this will only come from conservatives. I am impressed with Clegg though, shame he is so pro Europe!

    April 15, 2010 at 8:42 pm | Reply
    • Jason Harris

      I'm with you on that one!

      April 15, 2010 at 8:47 pm | Reply
  47. Kranthi

    yeah,,,,,,, Brown.....he did bring alot of changes ......but people might need a change.............but when an option for votes arises....yes would choose from lab or lib dem.......

    April 15, 2010 at 8:42 pm | Reply
  48. tristan

    The show moderator is not upto scratch. The first debate should have been done by a more professional network, like the BBC or CNN.

    April 15, 2010 at 8:42 pm | Reply
  49. obilly mcs

    fAndrew – fair comment

    April 15, 2010 at 8:43 pm | Reply
  50. Gabriel

    I agree as well – Nick Clegg is slicing through the fluff of the other two parties and appealing to the proletariat. To take a stab at previous comments...Tony Blair jumpped into bed with Bush on the war in Iraq and the UK's politics very much effect what happens in the rest of the word.

    A big thumbs up for CNN to cover this. It would be a strange day indeed when people start thinking that the views future world leaders are not newsworthy!

    April 15, 2010 at 8:45 pm | Reply
  51. Kranthi

    tristan yeah............like BBC or CNN and include all the parties of UK

    April 15, 2010 at 8:45 pm | Reply
  52. Steve

    to those that want to know im in edinburgh

    April 15, 2010 at 8:46 pm | Reply
  53. obilly mcs

    David Cameron tonight reminds me a lot of Pete Aundria, Jordan's former husband. Appears so weak. He does better solo than under this kind of presure.

    April 15, 2010 at 8:46 pm | Reply
  54. matt

    i agree 100%

    April 15, 2010 at 8:47 pm | Reply
  55. Amanda

    Sorry Rabi. Did you not realise that the UK actually forms part of the "world"? If you're not interested about what happens outside the US, then don't read about it. I'm sure there's an episode of "Family Guy" on somewhere that you can watch until this is over.

    April 15, 2010 at 8:47 pm | Reply
    • Jason Harris

      Hehe! Well said!

      April 15, 2010 at 8:52 pm | Reply
  56. Kranthi

    Amanda...........nice answer............kool

    April 15, 2010 at 8:50 pm | Reply
  57. Jason McDonald

    hi im an economist at the bank of england and we have been going over the economical plans that these parties propose and from what we know labour seems the best option, conservatives will damage the economic recovery, the US government itself agrees that the best way to go is labour, the UK is the 5th most influential country in the world so this election really does matter, in terms of importance to the economic recovery america and all europe have said that britain is the main player with the economy, Gordon Brown was the one who came up with the plan for recovery and is now most countries are better off for those plans

    April 15, 2010 at 8:50 pm | Reply
    • Jason Harris

      Oh dear! I am worried about the autonomy given to the bank of England by government if the bank thinks continuing to run up huge debts is a good way forward. Under labour the public sector has grown to a disproportionate level whilst the private sector has been shrinking – this can't continue. Much of our debt is supporting the public sector rather than the private sector which will bring prosperity to the UK. Labour justcwant to tax the private sector even further – I along with the 70 other business leaders can't see the logic of taxing jobs – how can this be good for the future?

      April 15, 2010 at 8:59 pm | Reply
  58. josie

    Clegg appears to have raised his profile on this but you can see his inexperience in some of his 'wishy washy' statements. Cameron has messed up and Brown has actually come across better than i thought he would and has also managed to show some personality compared to the other 2.

    April 15, 2010 at 8:51 pm | Reply
  59. matt

    do we care about this debate? yes, ittl be interesting.. but ppl will follow anyone who sounds like a leader, issues at hand are moulded by the media and change year to year even if the issue hasnt been resolved. so the british ppl are gonna get their dose of manufactured issues with populist sounding solutions. meanwhile the bureaucracy has its way with actual policy implementation

    April 15, 2010 at 8:53 pm | Reply
  60. Briz

    I think this is working well for Lib Dems, and OK for Labour in ways I hadn't expected.

    Clegg is attacking Cameron the hardest
    Brown is attacking Cameron the hardest
    Cameron is attacking Brown the hardest
    And Brown keep saying he agrees with Clegg!

    Having three parties there is actually making the debate seem a little unbalanced, which I don't think is working well for the Tories.

    April 15, 2010 at 8:55 pm | Reply
  61. Jason McDonald

    what people forget is that gordon brown used to be the chancellor of the exchequer and has been considered the best chancellor the UK has ever had and that is what we need,

    April 15, 2010 at 8:57 pm | Reply
    • Jason Harris

      Yes he was the former chancellor that inherrited a strong economy from the Tories in 1997. he also let the banks have too much power which has helped to ruin so many peoples lives

      April 15, 2010 at 9:05 pm | Reply
  62. josie

    yeah, Brown does seem alot more clued up on a realistic recovery plan. I think Gordon Brown has done well to keep highlighting that it's a global recession as i think he almost got blamed for theuk downturn by alot of Brits

    April 15, 2010 at 8:57 pm | Reply
  63. Kranthi

    briz.......good points..............should be tweet ..

    April 15, 2010 at 8:58 pm | Reply
  64. josie

    Mr Clegg- STOP TELLING US YOU ARE BEING HONEST WITH US!!!! I don't believe you any more!!!!

    April 15, 2010 at 8:58 pm | Reply
  65. Steve

    I agree Clegg is doing better, however people like someone they know they can trust and the lib dems have never held governmant in present voter history. The conservatives and the labour party are focusing on the negatives of each other rather on the better future for us all they could possibly offer. Im just a scientist with no political training but I think people turn off when everything is negative. From what Ive heard from a friend who really understands world econimies we are in for hard times whichever party we choose, its whatever we choose to cut and what we choose to spend, what monies we have, and on what will define our UK culture, wealth, health or education?

    April 15, 2010 at 8:59 pm | Reply
  66. obilly mcs

    Whatever happened to Tony Blair in this campaign....

    April 15, 2010 at 9:00 pm | Reply
  67. Amanda

    A good debate. Clegg came across very well, if a bit inexperienced. He got really shafted by Cameron and Brown on the army supplies issue as he was the only one who didn't start his response by thanking the army for the work they're doing. I'm looking forward to the other debates.

    April 15, 2010 at 9:01 pm | Reply
  68. obilly mcs

    Tony Blair was gonna help, but they began to look into his business interests and taxes... Has he melted away or will be back to campaign for labour?

    April 15, 2010 at 9:02 pm | Reply
  69. Kranthi

    closing statement,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Mr. Clegg

    April 15, 2010 at 9:02 pm | Reply
  70. Kranthi

    closing statement,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Mr. Clegg
    closing statement,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Mr. Brown
    closing statement,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Mr. Cameron

    VOTE here lol

    April 15, 2010 at 9:03 pm | Reply
  71. David

    A very interesting debate
    Gordon Brown has convinced me (not that I needed too much) that he is the best person to lead this country up and out of this recession and will get my vote. Cameron seems very weak
    No overall majority is a possibility I think though, although not ideal, and will make it very interesting to get some of Nick Clegg and the Libs input for a change, it may well make for a good change

    On another noteTo be fair tristan, had the BBC covered it they would switched half way to show Dads Army

    April 15, 2010 at 9:03 pm | Reply
  72. josie

    I agree David!! Spot on.

    April 15, 2010 at 9:05 pm | Reply
  73. Simon

    @rabi Your age must be around 10, seriously. Why are you stating you have a Bomb? As in Nuclear Weapons? Well so does the UK, oh and the UK is also the biggest backer and provider of troops for that war WERE fighting. And the CNN is smaller than the BBC. Both are the biggest in the World.

    April 15, 2010 at 9:06 pm | Reply
  74. Amanda

    Ahhh, did you see David telling Nick where to stand at the end? Very father/son. Touching...

    April 15, 2010 at 9:06 pm | Reply
  75. Jason McDonald

    its my professional opinion that the country will do better in the long run under a Labour Government, come May 6th we must decide whether we want to vote conservatives and have thousands of people lose their jobs or labour to secure are future. i would just like to make clear im a senior economical advisor at the bank of england with 23 years of experience so i know what im talking about

    April 15, 2010 at 9:07 pm | Reply
  76. Jason Harris

    Jason Harris says:
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    April 15, 2010 at 9:05 pm
    Yes he was the former chancellor that inherrited a strong economy from the Tories in 1997. he also let the banks have too much power which has helped to ruin so many peoples lives


    April 15, 2010 at 9:10 pm | Reply
  77. rabi

    15th, 2010 9:06 pm ET

    @rabi Your age must be around 10, seriously. Why are you stating you have a Bomb? As in Nuclear Weapons? Well so does the UK, oh and the UK is also the biggest backer and provider of troops for that war WERE fighting. And the CNN is smaller than the BBC. Both are the biggest in the World.
    you thick or what
    uk as nuclear weapons so people think twice plus got land all over the world knows cnn loves the english so does the us everybody knows,england crys a bit us will come runnig you watch cnn over the next week most the top storys all week is abount the english

    April 15, 2010 at 9:15 pm | Reply
  78. Steve

    the moderators vare really slow

    April 15, 2010 at 9:15 pm | Reply
  79. Jason McDonald

    i agree to a certain extent with what you say Jason. David Cameron has already said that basically he would have let the recession run its course which would have damaged us even more, Browns intervention was critical, now if cameron was prime minister now we would suffer severely so what hope do we have if he gets in
    MY VOTE WILL BE GOING TO LABOUR OR LIB DEM either way its going to be hung parliament

    April 15, 2010 at 9:18 pm | Reply
  80. David

    Did CNN show the debate live?

    April 15, 2010 at 9:22 pm | Reply
  81. Adam

    Interesting debate, Clegg put himself accross well..

    April 15, 2010 at 9:27 pm | Reply
  82. Yasser

    I thought this before and now feels even strongly that Brown is still the best choice to lead the UK. Labour steered UK out of the recession and UK is doing better then the other eurozone countries in terms of recovery and growth. Camreron doesn't have a clue and Clegg's a joke. They doesn't even seem to have a solid agenda in place or even if their parties did they didn't have a clue what that was.

    April 15, 2010 at 9:32 pm | Reply
  83. Pix

    I just wanted to say I thought Becky Anderson did a fantastic job with the 3 wise men at the post mortem! Her energy and knowledge were evident and it was actually quite entertaining.

    April 15, 2010 at 9:33 pm | Reply
  84. Steve

    ok its over,
    good night folks,
    wishing you all a pleasant evening


    April 15, 2010 at 9:33 pm | Reply
  85. Steve

    since no-one wants to coment on my post Im going to the pub,
    take care all Steve:)

    April 15, 2010 at 9:38 pm | Reply
  86. Nicolo

    Mike – CNN's coverage is quite superb, and they ask a very important question with do we really care.

    Thank you CNN!

    April 15, 2010 at 9:39 pm | Reply
  87. Jason McDonald

    night steve

    April 15, 2010 at 9:41 pm | Reply
  88. Amanda

    Oh Rabi. At least you only have to put up with our election process for a few weeks. In the UK we have to watch the US candidates walk, talk, shower and shave for months. You think we don't have to put up with stories of Obama, Tiger Woods and Paris Hilton on BBC and Sky News 24/7? Just do as we do and hit the remote. If you have a problem with CNN covering the debate then take it up with them, not the people who are genuinely interested in hearing other people's opinions on what is happening. This isn't the forum for your disapproval and we can't actually do anything about it either.

    April 15, 2010 at 9:42 pm | Reply
  89. Andy

    I felt that Brown was being his "natural" self, it is a shame that this makes him look unprofessional. I felt that Cameron was "magisterial" and I felt that Clegg looked relaxed. The media coverage here has Clegg as winner.

    April 15, 2010 at 9:57 pm | Reply
  90. Samuel

    nick clegg did very well as a speaker, but overall i think that david cameron will be the best leader for the UK. Gordon Brown has lied to and failed this country.

    Cheshire, England

    April 15, 2010 at 9:57 pm | Reply
  91. Andy

    Regarding the Tony Blair issue: Blair has a bad reputation following the illegal war, and his appearance in public just provoked howls of laughter.

    April 15, 2010 at 10:04 pm | Reply
  92. Joseph

    As a UK voter, none of them spoke to what I'm interested in. House prices have soared out of the reach of most with Browns recent policies preventing them from correcting, my future pension's been halved whilst the public sector are milking it in, our jobs are dissapearing over seas and university which used to be free now indebts the young for life. The recovery's too quick, none of potential leaders propose legislating like our European neighbours to stop another impoverishing boom, and no one is addressing the concerns of the under 40s. None of the above won my vote.

    April 15, 2010 at 10:05 pm | Reply
  93. TEd

    John from the US.....yes your political system goes from one year to the next and is NEVER ending.

    Take a look at the Canadian Elections....similiar to Britians and we have the debates, vote, recount, all in about 60 days. ($$$$ saved and then we get on with our lives!!)

    April 15, 2010 at 10:09 pm | Reply
  94. martin

    David Cameron's ideas are just dream. He can't add it up! UK will be in danger in his hands. Brown is more solid in policy, Nick is nice.

    April 15, 2010 at 10:15 pm | Reply
  95. Ian C

    Fine performance by the Liberals. But can they win....?
    1-0 labour

    Never thought i'd be SO interested in this election!

    April 15, 2010 at 10:22 pm | Reply
  96. fred

    I was really impressed by Nick Clegg performance his arguement was based on honesty and been straight with the electorate.

    April 15, 2010 at 10:46 pm | Reply
  97. Kay

    I think that Nick Clegg spoke of pipe dreams and was incredibly vauge and both himself and Gordon Brown looked ridiculous! I think that David Cameron spoke the truth and was concerned with the outcome of the country, I felt that he could use his life experiences to relate to the voters, unlike Gordon Brown's pathetic attempt to connect with voters via Pier Morgan, which I personally felt was pathetic and not appropriate for himself especially as he cried, which I felt were crocodile tears. Clegg spoke of "Old Politics" and that we should enter an era of "New Politics" I feel this is again a stupid comment on his behalf and that there is no such thing as new politics and the way he spoke of Cameron and Brown as using words but will have no actions, I'm sorry, when has he ever been in power and showed that what he is talking about is correct? Oh that's right NEVER! Clegg has no experince and can therefore not make realistic proposals as he has no real clue of how to rule a country and was very vague on how he wished to acheive his policies, that to me were unrealistic and unachieveable. Therefore I plan to vote David Cameron, as for me, I think he can do the best job out of all three. I plan to choose hope over fear.

    April 15, 2010 at 10:50 pm | Reply
  98. Lucy JM

    I could never give Labour and Gordon Brown my vote. Not only are hard working people who paid health insurance all their lives, forced to pay 500 pounds per week for their care in nursing homes if they fall ill with a long term condition, such as dementia, but the law has done worse injury to them by allowing doctors to take their lives before their time. A horrific feature of British law introduced by the current labour government brought in a policy of legalised euthanasia, against which relatives have almost no right to appeal. Most of us are probably unaware of this until the issues involved happen in our own families or to friends.

    The liverpool care pathway was orginally developed by Marie Curie to treat cancer patients who were suffering greatly in the last days of their life. It has been argued that this pathway is a good thing for patients in pain who will not recover. However, under current UK law within the Mental Health Act of 2005, the government has allowed doctors to apply the liverpool care pathway to patients who are not in the last days of life or suffering great pain and overrule wishes by the family to provide treatment.

    Any patients who are deemend mentally incapable of making their own decisions by doctors (eg alzheimers sufferes, patients who have become delirious owing to infections) can be placed on the pathway, even when they are not dying. Having a long term ilness such as dementia can qualify someone for the pathway, even when a patient is not in the final stages of the disease. Sadly, even patients who develop a simple chest or mouth infection which can cause temporary swallowing problems end up on it. There have also been cases of elderly people in their 80s and 90s who suffer a stroke and are given the pathway.

    When the pathway is applied, doctors give the patient high doses of morphine, and withdraw treatment such as artifical feeding. Many doctors argue this can mask signs of improvement. The patient is usually dead within 2 or 3 days.

    16.5% of deaths in UK hospitals are caused by this terminal sedation.
    Doctors are not even required to tell a relative that a patient is being placed on the liverpool care pathway.

    I am including references to articles from the Daily Mail and other sources about the pathway below.

    Another potential problem to watch out for is denial by doctors to provide artificial feeding, even when someone is not placed on the pathway.

    Pro-life advocates in Britain deplored the Labour government's "Mental Capacity" legislation, calling it "the end of the Hippocratic tradition of medical ethics in Britain". In January 2005, Baroness Chapman, a disabled peer, said that the Mental Capacity bill failed to make patients safe and left them open to abuse. Speaking during the House of Lords second reading debate on the bill, she said, "The bill ignores the fact that people have a basic right to life."

    Cases have been brought against the UK in the European Court of Human Rights for violation of the Human Rights Act of 1998. This act states that people have a 'right to life'.

    This is not the sort of Britain one would wish for, a country in which we are feafull of sending the sick and elderly into hospital. Many people in our elderly generation, who become victims of this involuntary euthanasia, worked hard to rebuild post-war Britain or fought for Britain against the Nazis during World War II, whose policies favoured involuntary euthanaisa of the disabled and any person who was undervalued. How ironic that Britains now applies a Nazi-esque policy to those individuals of that brave generation. This is a HIDDEN HOLOCAUST.

    The daughter of Hazel Fenton, a dementia patient who was not dying,comments on her mother's case:

    "Hazel Fenton is my Mum, I am fortunate and I EVENTUALLY managed to get her taken off the death sentence that is the Liverpool care pathway. Mum went into hospital with a chest infection, and was placed on the pathway after 5 days in hospital, a doctor stood at the foot of my mums bed and said "your mother has reached the end of her natural life she is going to die" no explanation as to why she was going to die was given, this junior doctor then ploughed on to tell me that as it was a Friday mum would de put on the LCP so she would get all the drugs to keep her comfortable. I was devastated and left the hospital in tears, the following day I went to visit mum and was then asked by a nurse what I would like done with my mums body, did she need the last rights and also that I would be able to park in the hospital car park free of charge as mum was on the LCP. Two days later despite no treatment or food my mum was brighter and she said " I don't want to die, please don't let me die, at this point I did some internet research on the LCP as I had not heard of it and the results horrified me.Subsequently my struggle to get my mum off her LCP death sentence was made worse as she had been previously assessed under the mental capacities act as being unable to make decisions for herself this act which was supposed to protect vulnerable people, left the decision to treat her to the medical profession. I was told that fluids and nutrition can be classed as treatment and it was the doctors decision as to whether they would allow her this "treatment". My mother went 19 days with no nutrition what so ever and only after I threatened to tell the media what was happening to mum did the doctors take notice and feed her. Mum was left so weakened by her ordeal that she has not been able to come home and live with me but she is in a nursing home and receiving first rate care she is very much alive and well 15 months after she was supposedly dying"

    Interested parties can read more in the sources below


    Kate Devlin, 'Senteced to death on the NHS', Telegraph, 02 Sep 2009


    Daniel Martin, 'Euthanasia by the back door: Hospitals 'death pathway' is open to error ', Daily Mail, September 2009


    Wesley J. Smith, 'Liverpool Care Pathway (UK): Deadly Danger of Treating Patients as Category Members Instead of Individuals', Telegraph, Sunday, October 11, 2009.


    Gerald Warner, The Liverpool Care Pathway may be the slippery slope to backdoor euthanasia, Telegraph, September 3rd, 2009

    Hilary White (1), 'Elderly Woman Rescued by Family from NHS Dehydration Order', Lifesitenews, July 2 2008.

    Hilary White (2), ' Britain's Pathway to Euthanasia – NHS Protocols for Dehydrating Disabled Patients to Death', Lifesitenews, July 3 2008

    April 15, 2010 at 11:04 pm | Reply
  99. rebel in the court

    Where is Monty Python when you need him. There has to be a good one here.

    April 16, 2010 at 12:38 am | Reply
  100. Gary Tahmasbi

    I live in the UK, I was born in England and I used to class myself as a proud Englishman.
    However, over the last couple of years I have been disappointed with my country and the people in it. Very few people care about politics here as they believe it doesn't matter which party you vote for, it all ends up the same way. This is a terrible way of thinking and a really easy way to not care for your country BUT I'm afraid that the none voters a right.
    This time I am voting for Lib Dem because I actually do believe they want to make a difference to the country and they are being more honest than the other two, but I'm still not happy. After a recent four month trip to America I totally fell in love with the country and the people, and am looking into ways to move there.
    I would take a chance to become an American with both hands and not look back to my birth country because at least in America, the people care. That is such a tough and shameful thing to say but it is true.
    Now I only hope they start letting Brits back in soon because I just can't believe how hard it is to relocate there.

    April 16, 2010 at 1:12 am | Reply

    I believe the UK went light when they decided to tax wall street bonuses at 50%

    April 16, 2010 at 1:12 am | Reply
  102. Jason D

    Was there no questions about forcing england into the european union?..or is that a done deal..all england pension funds are going to europe and no choices in it, if thats the case england will be one of the pigs (portugal, italy, greece, spain) in no time.

    April 16, 2010 at 1:33 am | Reply
  103. Ellen

    I live in the US and have tried to watch this debate and it's impossible. where can (well too late now) I watch it. The good thing about these televised debates is that it makes the world more interested in what is going on in your country.

    Anyway, I tried ITV and they said it's only availalbe to watch online in the UK. Oh well.

    April 16, 2010 at 1:59 am | Reply
  104. Paul from Scotland

    Lucy Jm, I smell a Teabagger at work here!

    Quoting from The Daily Mail is the equivalent of quoting The Fox News Network: The very antithesis of "Fair & Balanced Reporting"!

    Deliberately cherry-picking the worst form of scaremongering stories in order to justify your own anti-healthcare views in the States is a wilful distortion of the facts. You're quite prepared to blacken another countries Health system – which you have no personal experience of – simply for political gain.

    This means that you are either ignorant and blinkered or, quite possibly, employed as a political "Astroturf" consultant...

    The NHS is not perfect. NO country has a perfect system.

    Come over to Britain and I'll give you a more "Fair & Balanced" look at the NHS in this country!

    April 16, 2010 at 2:04 am | Reply
  105. Bazza

    The three potential PM's look and sound apathetic and the national voting reaction will be too – achieving 60% voting turnout will be unlikely. The average guy in the street thinks that most politicians are crooks and liars (i.e. expenses) and the same guy thinks the battle for "freedom and liberty" does not require our troops in Afghanistan, but we now have the ridiculous situation where you almost have to vote for the BNP to protest against it . . .

    April 16, 2010 at 6:11 am | Reply
  106. Sarah Jane

    Interesting experience – shame that the 'big three' were so restricted in how they dealt with questions/one another as I'd've liked to see them debate rather than cram as much info into a minute's monitored speach.

    If any political leaders are watching, please could you take this on board – can we not 'divorce' wales and scotland, please? Let them go their own way, pay for their own jobless/fat/alcoholic folk, without us poor English having to generate the income to pay for them. We're fed up with their continual bleating of 'what about us'?? As part of the UK, you're an integral element of all that the politicians are talking about – do they say 'England this' and 'England that'?? No, of course they don't – get over yourselves and start pulling your weight.

    April 16, 2010 at 7:37 am | Reply
  107. Lucy JM

    Well Paul from Scotland, sadly I am British and I have personal experience of this loophole in the Mental Health Act when a doctor tried to put a relative of mine on this awful pathway, who was not terminal or in pain. My relative placed no strain on the NHS finances, paid national insurance all his life, ended up paying thousands pounds per year to fund their own health care.... This is not scaremongering. It's the sad realtiy of the British NHS. I am definately not proud to be British.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:26 pm | Reply
  108. Paul from Scotland

    So Lucy, whereabouts are you from in the UK? Who was your relative and where was she being treated? When did this episode take place?
    What was the doctors name?

    I've gone through your links that you provided and I was particularly interested in the last 3 links which were from websites based in the US.

    The Life Site News and First Things websites are both Conservative Christian with a particular slant to the "stories" they publish. The Telegraph and Daily Mail are well known Conservative backed papers with the Daily Mail notorious for the sort of distortion that the Fox "News" network is well known for.

    "How ironic that Britains now applies a Nazi-esque policy to those individuals of that brave generation. This is a HIDDEN HOLOCAUST."

    This is a purposefully emotive choice of words and slanderous in the extreme. Funnily enough, the same sort of language used by extreme Pro-life activists in the US...

    If you are some sort of Conservative from the South of England, well thats one thing, but frankly your posts are HIGHLY suspect, particularly on an American News site.

    We Brits aren't going to let some extremist with an agenda bad mouth our country. Comparing the NHS to the Nazi's Euthanasia program is the worst sort of slander and you and your ilk won't get away with it.

    April 16, 2010 at 6:39 pm | Reply
  109. Paul from Scotland

    Oh btw, a note on grammar Lucy:

    It should be "Britons" NOT "Britains"...

    If you were British, you'd know that!

    April 16, 2010 at 6:46 pm | Reply
  110. Paul from Scotland

    Still no reply from Lucy?

    Maybe she's doing research on how to pass herself off as a Brit...

    Seriously though, I find it shocking that someone would try to pass themselves off as a "Victim" on a serious news forum such as this, simply to spread the worst from of slander...

    And expect no one to challenge them on it.

    April 18, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Reply

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