Two televised debates and the polls are in. Nigel Farage easily won the first but the second was a nightmare for Nick Clegg; 69% to 27% or thereabouts depending on the poll. Despite the best efforts of the LibDem spin machine it is clear that UKIP carried the debates.
I think the result was so convincing because:
1. Clegg has lost the trust of voters over tuition fees etc.
2. Farage is not a career politician and, as can consequence, is not afraid to speak the truth as he sees it.
3. Farage was clear, coherent and passionate in his delivery.
4. While Clegg towed the Euro line and talked in platitudes scripted to not frighten the horses, Farage attacked with well-made points.
Of course, the 69% win will not translate into a landslide victory for UKIP at the polls. What the result shows is that there is a receptive audience in the electorate for the UKIP position that will result in more votes for UKIP in the European elections. Possibly even the General Election. I think we will see the LibLabCon become more eurosceptic, especially the Con part.
The race is on and it should be fascinating. The outcome of these two elections have the potential to change the political and economic maps of Europe for generations. Bring it on!