The conventional wisdom in politics is almost always wrong and so it proved last night. Most commentators predicted that the BBC leaders’ debate would be a disaster for Miliband and an open goal for Nigel Farage. The opposite turned out to be the case.
As the only candidate with any chance of becoming prime minister, Miliband inevitably came under fire from all sides. But rather than crumbling as many predicted, Miliband remained calm, reasoned and persuasive throughout.
Farage’s performance on the other hand was all over the place. It started off well enough as he played the candidate “saying what you’re all thinking at home”.
But rather than bank this camaraderie with the audience, Farage instead decided to turn on them, accusing them of “bias” against him. The huge jeers and boos that followed destroyed any good feeling that Farage might otherwise have received.
As the debate went on, things only got worse for Farage and better for Miliband. While Farage ranted about an EU army,Read More »from BBC Debate: Miliband scores and Farage misses