So who remembers Cleggmania?
Yes there was a time in 2010 when everyone seemed to fall in love with kind-hearted Nick.
Something similar seems to have happened this time around – whereas nobody could stand Ed Miliband a week ago, now a few people have changed their minds.
He did come across reasonably well on the debate last Thursday night.
Whilst the polls showed David Cameron as the marginal victor, and he was, despite a stuttering performance – Ed Miliband didn’t really have anything to lose.
At first Paxman obliterated Miliband, but seemed to lose it towards the end of the debate – perhaps he wasn’t prepared enough, perhaps he felt a little sorry for him.
But Ed came out fighting – stealing a phrase from myself which I can now never use again.
But during Ed’s grilling, there seemed to be little focus on policy.
Do you even know any Labour policies? At least ones that stand up to scrutiny? It was all about personality, and Ed showing that he cares about the country.
I don’t doubt that he cares. But his semi-socialist policies of price freezes, tax increases, along with attacks on business and wealthy individuals will take the country backwards, will increase our debt and will reverse the good work, in fact excellent work under the Conservative government that has reduced unemployment significantly.
Even the Hull City AFC owner, Assem Allam, one of Labour biggest donors, has said that David Cameron has the best economic policies.
I accept that Ed Miliband passionately cares about our country. But Tony Blair passionately cared about removing Saddam Hussein and building a democratic, stable and peaceful Iraq. Gordon Brown cared so much about the UK economy that he eradicated boom and bust/
We know that Labour doesn’t work. And I sincerely hope the country does not fall for the trap again.
Thankfully it doesn’t seem that there is any real sign of Milimania in the polls as both parties are averaging around 33%.
Meanwhile, David Cameron was hardly inspirational last week. He seemed particularly nervous when facing Paxman and didn’t defend our record sufficiently, avoiding questions and seeming short of basic facts.
Hopefully he will improve as the election campaign moves on.
There is a positive Conservative record to be spread across the United Kingdom, not just about employment and the economy, but on health, education – even immigration.
We need to fight a positive campaign, highlighting our excellent record and showing how things can only get even better under a Conservative majority.
Of course, Paxman was the real winner of the night.