NIGEL Farage emerged triumphant last night with a confident and combative performance in the first of his Euro showdowns with Nick Clegg.Farage was definitely in character as a man of the people and if it is an act then it's a class act and he made Clegg look rather like the political slimeball he is. Farage also showed a far greater knowledge on how much the EU actually costs us and the myriad of rules and regulations that it foists upon us. The only path in the end open for Clegg was denial of facts and figures.
The UK Independence Party leader confounded Lib Dem prejudices by proving he had done his homework on facts and figures and taking on Europhile arguments.
Mr Farage, establishing himself as a major threat to the three main Westminster parties, was rewarded with frequent applause from the studio audience.
And later a YouGov poll made him a clear winner – by 57 per cent to Mr Clegg’s 36 per cent – on who voters thought performed best.
The hour-long LBC radio debate – staged live in London and carried also on TV networks – was the first of two clashes between the anti-Brussels and pro-EU leaders.
Still, there is another debate to go and I expect the boy Clegg to up his game. I suspect he was harking back to his performance in the last televised debates where he won the first one hands down, though against those clowns Cameron and Brown that couldn't have been difficult. If he can't up his game then his offer of a debate will have exploded in his face.
Some might say it already has...