I haven't watched the whole debate yet, but I think it was fairly clear that Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg presented himself as a real, viable alternative to Labour and the Tory party. Clegg's performance went down so well with the public that he is now being given a shot at winning the next UK election. From the Independent:
Nick Clegg broke the duopoly in British politics with a strong
last night’s historic first televised election debate between the
The Liberal Democrat leader seized the moment by matching Gordon Brown
David Cameron blow for blow during 90 minutes of lively exchanges
confounded expectations that the 76 strict rules of engagement would
a sterile discussion.
A ComRes poll for ITV News found that 43 per cent of viewers believed Mr
won the debate, well ahead of Mr Cameron on 26 per cent and Mr Brown
per cent. A YouGov survey for The Sun gave the Lib Dem leader an even
margin of victory – 51 per cent, with the Tory leader on 29 per cent
Prime Minister on 19 per cent.
The Lib Dems have played a subservient role in UK politics since its inception, but with huge frustration over Labour and Conservative policies, scandals and lackluster ideas, the time could be ripe for dramatic change. At the very least, they could well block the Tories from getting in - a welcome move given their economic platform that promises to plunge the UK further into the deep end.