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Mrs Merton would’ve approved

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Reading the coverage on last night’s final leader discussion, I was reminded of Mrs Merton, Caroline Ahern’s talk show granny creation, with her mild, cheerful battle cry of, “Let’s have a heated debate!”

Although, less heated, more snittily repetitive, perhaps. Though I did like Brown’s attempts at smiling – like a small dog baring its teeth in some kind of slightly cruel music-hall-act impersonation of a human smile.

Re the lukewarm temperature of the debates: Jon Stewart is nonplussed by the mildness of the leader debates. Jon Stewart’s nonplussed face is the perfection of the art of bewildered disbelief:

http://tv.gawker.com/5527780/jon-stewart-mocks-the-laughable-tameness-of-british-political-scandals

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