The odds were stalked against him and the public relations cluster bomb involving the “bigoted” Labour supporter was a dart to the moral integrity of a Prime Minster low on popularity and running out of options. His one and last chance to retain political tenure was an aggressive Hail Mary type approach to the final leaders debate on the economy. Essentially Brown had a last ditch attempt to demonstrate his competence as a leader, instill outright fear in the electorate due to the potential instability created by his departure and downgrade his opponents policies to destructive and disastrous instruments of change.

The economy is the one field in which Brown may have felt his confidence was unshakable. His strategy was to try to demote recent economic crises to unavoidable effects of a vast global economic downturn.While consequently demonstrating his experience in handling the situation and instilling into the public mindset that change would have inevitable cataclysmic consequences. He stuck to this unflinchingly throughout the night but unfortunately for the Premier his execution caused more of a flicker than the fireworks that were desperately needed.

In contrast Cameron stepped up to the plate and successfully articulated his vision for a bigger society. Cameron conveyed to the audience that only through the nucleus of the family, small/medium enterprises, financial equality for Britons and Governmental reform would Britain recover and grow. Demonstrating the hypocrisy of Banks been bailed out by the public and the inability of people to secure credit was a big political blow to the current administration. Cameron’s promise of an increased availability of credit was a universally pleasing policy to a credit starved citizenry. His immigration stances feasibility was torn to shreds by both the LibDems and Labour. Immigration is a big issue and always produces emotive responses and the British electorate will be quite callus when it hits the polling booths. Cameron may have struck a chord in that he was the only one of the three to appear to take a seriously restrictive approach to immigration, regardless of the validity of his proposals, his attitude may stand him in good stead.

Clegg avoided complex economic speak, looked each question member in the eye and spoke in undiluted real terms on the state of the economy, those who got them into the crisis and his proposals for economic recovery and stimulus. His policies were all in terms of delivery centered around a big picture concept of departing from traditional party politics and creating a better, fairer Britain. Calling each question member by their name and engaging them on a down to earth level and applying his policies to practical everyday situations was an effective strategy. The constant approving nods from those question members as the camera alternated between Clegg and them will be a subtle influence to the millions watching at home. Clegg throughout the campaign has distanced himself from the other two leaders and conveyed his personableness through his best political ally; the television camera.Although he may not have appeared as solid when it came to policy substance, his personality, as throughout the campaign is his where he derives most of his support.

Brown continued to play a one string banjo throughout the debate: the Tory inheritance tax proposal and Cameron waving in a form of Neo-Tatcherism. It eventually after numerous mentioning just seemed tired and reeked of desperation, more worryingly was that this was Brown’s only real political blow and arguably the only card up his sleeve. Brown has effectively signed his own political death warrant through a less than spectacular display in this final debate, this was his last opportunity to engage the British public and instill within them a fear of a change.

Bar immigration Clegg and Cameron were not as confrontational as in previous debates, and this may be a forecast for the future. Cameron emerged victorious from this debate and its looks increasingly likely that he will be having his breakfast in 10 Downing street sooner rather than later, whether he will be on his own looks increasingly unlikely however.

Between Clegg and Cameron there is a more than enough of a political base for the support and construction of a coalition government. The Tories are eager for power and the Liberal Democrats are sick of political wilderness, both of these reasons will compel the formation of a coalition Government should its need arise.

May 6 might determine the nature of Britain’s first true Prime Ministerial partnership, a Clegg/Cameron coalition. Cameron may have won the final debate but Clegg has undoubtedly dislocated a sizable amount of Tory support, without which a majority is unlikely.

A Tory/Lib Dem may very well be on the horizon. The workability and form of this relationship will be decided by the British public, its continued existence and feasibility will be determined by its two leaders. Both promise change, a coalition government and its continued political existence will be one of the most radical changes to ever occur in British Politics. Whether its a change for better or the worse, is yet to be determined, but May 6th may see a radical transformation in British politics and a radical change in British Society.

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