General election leaders' debates: Round Two, the score draw
Margin of error are not words your likely to hear many people talking about today.
But if we're honest the margin of error in polling means that last night's TV debate was essentially a score draw between the three leaders, all on somewhere near 30 per cent, give or take a little.
Nick Clegg had to prove that last week's performance was not a flash in the pan. And he did that persuasively and well.
David Cameron needed to up his game. And he was better than last Thursday, but failed to grab the initiative. We were told that the TV debates would allow Cameron to shine, but in truth he's seemed under par on both nights and has been unable to effectively tap into the minds of those dissatisfied with politics and/or tired of 13 years of Labour.
Brown was more solid than the first debate, but expectations were low of him to start with. As an unpopular Prime Minister he always had the least to lose from these debates. It's hard to see a scenario where he wins a debate as he was always going to be on the defensive after 13 years in power.
Take both debates together and Clegg still remains the big winner. Last week catapulted his party to a height many thought was not possible. Despite a concerted effort by national press to discredit him ahead of the contest he came out strong and delivered another convincing performance.
His closing statement was extremely effective and natural, while the other two's were too laboured.
Verdict: Cameron needs to do pull of something really special next week if he wants to avoid a hung parliament.
Click HERE to read a piece I wrote for today's papers.