by Stephen Tall on April 18, 2010
Pushed for time, but want to keep up-to-date with how the campaign’s going? Here are today’s must-reads …
(Actually it’s hard to avoid coverage of the Lib Dems today, no matter which paper you pick).
Nick Clegg’s success built on an already incoming tide (John Curtice, Telegraph)
Nick Clegg seized his chance, his appeal summed up by the one-liner, “the more they argue with each other, the more they sound exactly the same”. … Today’s ICM poll for The Sunday Telegraph – much of it conducted just before the leaders’ debate, though some afterwards – confirms that Nick Clegg’s success built upon an already incoming tide. At 27 per cent, the party’s rating is up by six points on last week. … the party has shored up its core support while appealing afresh to uncommitted voters. … Still, there are two more debates and three weeks of campaigning yet to come. Last week ensured the spotlight is now shone on Nick Clegg and his party. But it remains to be seen whether they wilt or prosper.
NICK CLEGG, the Liberal Democrat leader who until a few days ago was little known to voters, is now the most popular party leader since Winston Churchill, a new Sunday Times poll reveals. Following his decisive victory in last week’s television debate, Clegg has surged to a higher approval rating than Tony Blair at the peak of new Labour’s popularity. Last night, as the YouGov survey showed that the three parties are almost neck and neck, Labour and the Tories desperately tried to respond to the Clegg phenomenon. The general election has become a genuine three-way contest with the Lib Dems, on 29%, enjoying their strongest support in almost 30 years.
The Lib Dems find you don’t need to spin when you’re winning (Andrew Rawnsley, Observer)
The Lib Dems are keen to capitalise on this boost, but don’t seem entirely sure how, and are wary of the hype for fear that it will set up Nick Clegg to flop at the next debate which he goes into with greatly raised expectations. … The Lib Dem leader disdained the Tory’s attempts to love bomb him during the first debate. Influential voices around David Cameron are telling him to forget any more loving and concentrate on bombing. Their visceral instinct is to go for the Lib Dems as wet on crime, reckless on defence, soft on immigration and in love with Europe. The risk for the Tories is that this lures David Cameron back on to Michael Howard territory and will look like a lurch to the right which is repulsive to the liberal, centrist voters that he needs.
These are the three pieces which caught my eye – which are the obvious ones I’ve missed? Let us know in the comments thread.