Friday, April 16th, 2010
With airports on lock-down due to the massive cloud of soot thrown up by an Icelandic volcano, Britain this morning woke up to headlines hailing Nick Clegg, the leader of the UK’s third party the Liberal Democrats, as the winner of the first US-style TV debate in history.
In a highly-staged managed 90 minutes, the man whom no one expects to be the next prime minister seized his time in the spotlight to score a significant victory against Prime Minister Gordon Brown and UK opposition leader David Cameron.
“Enter the outsider” was the headline in the Times, while the Conservative Telegraph paper led with “Clegg’s star rises in great TV showdown”.
Another major backer of the Cameron campaign is the Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid the Sun. In a sign that its man had had a bad night, its front page ran with “We’re all paralyzed by hot air” in a reference to both the debate and the thick cloud of ash heading towards Britain from Iceland.
This article was posted: Friday, April 16, 2010 at 4:24 am