The race is still on a knife edge, but today’s debate may have helped to close the gap and dilute the massive surge in popularity Nick Clegg and the Lib Dems experienced last week. Each topic of debate unravels this political tapestry and the results are becoming increasingly unexpected and have added more fuel to a raging fire. Who will emerge from the flames is yet to be seen, but the victorious party will have come through one of the most engaging political forums for decades in British politics. The debate and the subsequent effect on public opinion have drastically altered the British election process and may have created a fundamental shift in British politics, the creation of a true 3- party political system.

The Leaders debate today provided some interesting points and may have changed the direction of the campaigns and has perhaps helped to polarize the views of each party to the British electorate, more clearly defining some of the fundamental differences between the parties

Clegg’s impressive performance last week was a prominent concern for both the Tories and Labour and they may have clawed back some ground by exposing some glaring differences between the Lib Dems and the two major parties with regard to Climate Change/Energy concerns and Nuclear security.

Brown may not have had a massive boost in popularity after the debate but he has successfully aroused suspicion in the validity of the other two major parties policies, particular regarding international foreign relations primarily with two major global powers the European Union and U.S.A., and in his eyes this may be enough.

The true battle for Labour is not to engage in self promotion, but conversely engage in an aggressive strategy of deconstructing the feasibility of the opposition’s policies and illustrating the perceived damage they could create if given a political mandate. Effectively to arouse a fear of consequences is the best Labour strategy, in that a Labour defeat would be detrimental to the recovery and development of the British Economy

Clegg looks a capable and like-able leader, but there are still some serious concerns about the foundations of his party, its members and their ability. However Clegg has filled a political chasm, that has been void in British politics for a long time; a viable alternative to the big two parties. His ability to convince those craving for a true alternative that a vote for Lib Dem is not a wasted vote is his biggest challenge. He is currently succeeding, but people may leave their hearts outside the polling station and make a cool calculated decision based on the true feasibility of a Lib Dem majority and the fear of a hung parliament.

The Tories and Cameron had more of a muted performance today, Brown successfully portrayed Cameron as anti-European and Clegg associating the Tories European political allegiances to that of “nutters, anti-Semites, people who deny climate change exists, homophobes” was a poignant blow. But Tory support is typically cynical of the E.U and its role in domestic affairs. The longevity of the E.U. debate, 10 minutes illustrates its relevance to the British public and this election will not be determined by a relationship with Europe. Cameron may be just beating a patriotic drum when it comes to an Anti-European approach appealing to his base but he will play nice if he comes to power as there is no alternative.

Brown did successfully demonstrate the importance of how experience is invaluable in turbulent times, and may have struck some doubt and raised some fears in the British electorate over the capability of the opposition. However his inability and lack of flexibility, due to his current political tenure to strike a new direction in foreign policy may be a decisive factor in his success. A  public sickened by the causalities of war and consequently the foreign financial commitments arising from these campaigns will play a crucial role. A domestic economy hungry for a massive injection of investment and a public angered by a Labour government who has engaged in most of the major conflicts of the last decade, may be a massive thorn in the side of a government clamoring to hang on to power.

Either way this has been one of the most exciting and significant elections to take place in years, and May 6 will be an explosive election day, where the true winners and losers may take some time to materialize.