Clegg vs. Cameron
Gordon Brown in free fall with 11 days to go.
8:05 AM, Apr 26, 2010 • By ADAM BRICKLEY
The closer Britain gets to election day, the more uncertain things become. One uncertainty, however, seems to have been cleared up - Gordon Brown and the Labour Party are out of contention.
The first debate resulted in Nick Clegg and the third place Liberal Democrats surging into close competition with David Cameron's Conservatives for first place. And while Cameron got a bit of a boost in the second debate, Clegg was able to maintain his rising status. As for Brown, he's now seeing some of Labour's lowest poll ratings ever, and he seems to be losing any chance of winning the most seats despite finishing third in the popular vote.
Furthermore, in an interview with the BBC's Andrew Marr, Clegg has now declared Labour "irrelevant" and that he will not (as many thought) form a coalition with Brown if Labour wins the seat-count but comes third in the popular vote. This smashes the chance of a "Lib-Lab" coalition and kills the meme that "a vote for Clegg is a vote for Brown." Right now, the British press is interpreting these moves as a hint that Clegg prefers Cameron's Conservatives as a coalition partner - but I think they're at least partially wrong.