What on earth did Nick Clegg think he was doing when he challenged Nigel Farage, leader of UKIP, to two live TV debates?
Some commentators think he did it because he wanted to demolish Farage’s anti-EU politics by proposing rational arguments. He failed, not because he was wrong but because he didn’t have a clue about how to argue his case.
Other less generous commentators think he did it because the Lib Dems in general and Clegg in particular are so unpopular with the electorate that any publicity, even bad publicity, is better than none. He might be proven correct, however, judging by the polls carried out immediately after the second debate, Clegg goofed again.
On a hiding to nothing
Clegg should have known better than to try a rational argument against Farage’s anti-EU mate-in-the-pub bluster and obfuscation. He should have known better than to give UKIP the oxygen of…
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