"... the grotesquely embarrassing fault line that appeared in the brief lapse of time between the ending of the Farage-Clegg debate – during which a vast army of esteemed press commentators declared Nick Clegg the winner – and the release of the YouGov poll, showing that a large majority of the ordinary public believed Nigel Farage had won. Most alarmingly, there was a remarkable media consensus: it was not just wishful-thinking Europhiles who thought Clegg had walked it."Daley reminds us that Oborne's political class includes all the mainstream media, all the lobby industry and all the SPADS, dags and coprophiles that feed from the politics business. LBC set up a 'Twitter Worm' to monitor 'tweets' for or against each of the participants - seemingly oblivious to the reality that ordinary voting folk are as likely to tweet about a political debate as they are to offer a critical insight into Heidegger's Sein und Zeit in 140 characters. The station also had a 'click to like' tool intended to provide a second-by-second picture of audience reaction to the ongoing debate; the fact that this didn't work until the final ten minutes of the debate (showing Farage miles ahead when it eventually did) deprived political commentators at the time of any indication that their view differed so radically from that of the audience.
Daley makes the point well. UKIP shouldn't protest at Clegg using civil servants to coach him on facts and figures for the next round - Clegg should be encouraged to be as made-up, groomed, coached, rehearsed and practised as possible - the slicker he is, the less he is liked. Farage in contrast need not try to hard; his preparation could be limited to a swig from the hip-flask, a quick fag by the bin-store before broadcast and an attempt to peek at Ferrari's notes.