After his victory in the first televised leaders' debate of the Election, is Nick Clegg's newfound popularity genuine or just temporary hype?
Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg’s performance in last week’s televised election debate has boosted the popularity of his party to unexpected levels, but perhaps does not merit the adulatory response that followed almost as he left the stage.
Last night the Evening Standard went so far as to compare it to the mourning that followed the death of Princess Diana, ‘as if she was a personal friend to 60 million inhabitants.’ Similarly, Mayor of London Boris Johnson stepped up the Conservative attack by mocking the Clegg phenomenon as ‘the biggest load of media-driven nonsense since the funeral of Diana’.
It seems that Cleggmania will continue throughout the campaign, a relatively short period of time for a fashion to endure. But is part of Clegg’s soaring rise in popularity superficial and disturbing? Is he just the latest phenomenon of X Factor Britain?
Some believe that Clegg will suffer a fall at some point when voters lose interest and the novelty of his new popularity wears off.
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