Debate night! I bumped into Sir David Steel at Waverley Station this lunchtime. He was on his way to do the post debate TV. He had just wandered past the Lib Dem Battle Bus which was minus Vince Cable a result of flights being cancelled due to the fallout of an Icelandic volcano! David was absolutely certain that Nick Clegg was going to perform really well tonight and he was, as usual, right - Nick won hands down. I have Newsnight Scotland on while writing this and I am struck that all the Pundits from other parties speaking at present are all saying Nick won by a mile. Added to this is the fact that all the early opinion polls are saying that he won easily.
All Liberal/Lib Dem Leaders struggle for national recognition until their first election. Tonight Nick has received a massive boost in exposure and in credibility. An encouraging night for the Lib Dems and a good few collywobbles for Cameron’s Tories who see their chances an election win disappearing fast. Labour seemed totally out of it.