.."In politics, stupidity is not a handicap…” Napoleon Bonaparte

On then to tonights debate. Perhaps, I might even make it to this one although on past form I very much doubt it. Having talked so much but said so little in the previous debates I can't imagine it will be any different tonight. They're all so scared of dropping a bollock, especially after yesterdays little fiasco, that I can't believe they will be in the least bit forthcoming.

They may in fact not wish to come out on top tonight  if they read remarks by US economist David Hale who told an Australian news outlet last week that Mervyn King, Governor of the Bank, said to him that given the severity of the budget cuts the UK must endure..... whoever wins the election will be out of power for a generation. Discuss!

Watching the car crash in slow motion that is Greece and the rest of Club Med who are doing a fairly decent reprise of the Lehman/Bear pile up, I can only reflect that if we were in the Euro, as Cleggie would wish us to be, the long suffering British taxpayer would also currently be facing a bill for some £20bn something to bail out the tax dodging, lying Greeks. If I were Cameron tonight; I'd be focusing in on this with laser precision.

In fact, old Cleggie's had a fairly decent run of things. He's getting along swimmingly just by letting the others cock things up. In fact, he's even had the odd day off which on current political form appears to be just the right thing to do. Things though are about to change.

I said last week that things were about to get dirty; after tonight they're going to get downright ugly. I strongly suspect that the rabid Attack Dogs of the press, who have been working furiously over the past weeks, are going to let rip this weekend and nothing, but nothing, will be out of bounds.

If I were Cleggie, I'd be prepared for forensic public scrutiny of his expenses and finances going back to his MEP days and his attitude toward education amongst other things. His policies will be shredded, which won't be difficult given how flaky they are, but I fully expect Europe and immigration to be close to the top. If I were him, I'd be rattling any skeletons in the cupboard and dragging them out before it's done for him.

Anyone wishes to avoid a broken TV set at home might consider SKY 1 and the return of the brilliantly written comedy Modern Family. No contest really,

How To Win A General Election With A Landslide; No 1

The analysis of last nights leaders debate is, of course, mostly a self perpetuating discussion between the political and media establishment, neither of whom can truly be said to represent the electorate who have long since been disenfranchised from any meaningful input. I've yet to talk to anyone who was left feeling upbeat and enthusiastic about any of the candidates but the real gloom and despair is left  for Tory supporters who are badly in need of a combative uplift.

Some observers feel that Cameron had a better debate, others think Clegg buttressed his positive position. So what? Well, the real winner is Brown. Whichever way I look at this thing, Brown is coming out on top. He must be overjoyed that he is still in touch with Cameron and could very possibly form the next government, coalition or otherwise. Who knows what tricks the Dark Lord has up his sleeve for the final run-in but you can be confident that there will be some upside surprises coming from Brown in the next 2 weeks, that's for sure and for certain.

Meanwhile, Cameron, who departed from the script very early on that said he should have an unassailable lead at this point, in fact I doubt he ever opened it, should be flapping and if he isn't, now would be a good time to wake up and start. Whilst I'm still of the view that the Clegg fire will burn out and the Tories will be returned with a majority, it's always a mistake to underestimate the bovine stupidity of whole legions of voters. The fact is, there is little sense of purpose or conviction to the Tory campaign. Actually, we all know it's been absent for years. There is no intellectual philosophy underpinning manifesto commitments and the "be nice to one, be nice to all," approach only leaves an impression of vapid weakness.

Moreover, the obvious inclination to downplay the Etonian thing only increases suspicion that Cameron is more spin than substance. He ought to stand up and be proud of it and note that we're quite used to having an Etonian at the helm every twenty or so years; it's been happening for at least the last hundred and fifty so I don't think anyone cares particularly. Competence is more of an issue.

So, we're all in rather a pickle because the last thing we want is more wanton destruction of our way of life and social engineering on an epic scale by Brown. It's time then, to go nuclear and deploy Hunk of Junk's manifesto.

Given all three "leaders," and I use that term very loosely, have displayed a total lack of understanding or just ignorance of the big picture issues facing people, I'm going to take everything down to a simple level that even David Cameron can understand. We can only hope that he might connect with at least some of the voters out there, who at the moment are bewildered and bemused at the sight of these manufactured individuals talking at manufactured events with manufactured arguments which are devoid of passion and emotion. It's all just a bit too American for most people.

In fact, and it grieves me to say it, the only people out there who are articulating the concerns of Joe Public are the BNP with UKIP trailing some way behind. That the main parties have left so many voters behind that the BNP are picking them up is horrifying. The BNP though, are smart. At a local level they take care of the little things that improve the community. Their local councillors make sure that broken windows are fixed, that playgrounds are fixed and that street lamps work. Smart but insidious for this is exactly how Nazisim began. Still, I'm not proud, if it works for them lets just nick it and get DC some traction.

So, over the coming days I'll be drip feeding some smart thinking which will turn the tide, reconnect DC with the voting public and bring the Tories back with a landslide. None of it is complicated but it will bloody work.

How To Win A General Election With A Landslide; No 1

Say this sentence on national television, "If you as a householder request it, I guarantee that your wheelie bin will be emptied every week, at no extra cost."

There, job jobbed.

The 2nd Leaders Debate

The media and political establishment are getting themselves in a right old tizz about the Leaders debates. The media mostly because they're in a feeding frenzy to turn back digital evolution and justify their existence and the political establishment because they're properly rattled by Cleggie's moment in the sunshine.

My own twopence worth is that voters want the two main parties to be properly rattled. If they continue to treat the electorate with contempt then they'll get what they deserve. Conservative voters want Cameron to stand up and be explicit about policies that matter to them and are fed up with flannel. I may be wrong but my sense is that Labour voters too want honesty. We all know bad things are coming down the line.

That doesn't mean they'll actually vote for that supercilious sod Clegg. The man hasn't done a days work in his life. A cursory look at his CV gives a profile of a typical political wannabe since school who is yet to get his hands dirty. He's been a lobbyist, a Eurocrat, an MEP and an MP. Sorry, forgot his two real jobs, journalist and ski instructor in Austria. Just about ticks all the boxes of the electorate's "Banish to hell and beyond list."

Here we go courtesy of the Scotsman,

• 1986 - 1989: MA in anthropology at Cambridge University.

• 1989 - 1990: Political philosophy at Minnesota University.

• 1991 - 1992: MA in European affairs at the College of Europe.

• 1992 - 1995: Worked as a journalist with Christopher Hitchens before becoming a consultant in London and then moving to Budapest to write about economic reform.

• 1995 - 1999: Employed by the European Commission managing aid projects in Asia as well as being a trade negotiator with China and Russia.

• 1999: Elected Member of the European Parliament for the East Midlands, later acting as the Liberal spokesman on trade and industry.

• 2005: Elected as MP for Sheffield Hallam, becoming Europe spokesman in Charles Kennedy's front bench team, and later the party's spokesman on home affairs.

• 2007: Elected leader of the Liberal Democrats.

Still, two weeks to go and I think you're about to witness the campaign sink to new lows in British general election campaigning. They're all about to flick the, "Go Dirty," switch so perhaps we'll get some proper entertainment from here on in.

Unfortunately, whoever the bright spark was that ensured the next leaders debate is on SKY has also managed to disenfranchise most of the population. An admirable 9.4m subscribers is great but hardly covers everyone who might want to watch. What are the rest supposed to do, go down to the pub dressed in their party colours and displace the football supporters?

Somehow, I think it's going to make the last debate all the more critical.

Pressure makes diamonds.

 Poster by GOT