General Election: Now it's getting personal
Following the first ever Leaders' Debate ahead of the General Election it's beginning to look like British voting behaviour is changing.
Where previously it was the party and their policies, perhaps where you and your family lived or voted for in the past that came into consideration when entering the ballot booth, it appears that the personality of the party leaders is going to have an effect greater than ever.
We used to ask which party you'll vote for but now it's WHO will you vote for? Is it not all a little bit "reality TV"?
Nick Clegg came across very well in the first debate and connected with the viewing public through the camera. He also benefited from Cameron & Brown bickering like... well...politicians. Clegg was made to look human, no-one's suggesting he isn't, and the odds on a Liberal Democrat majority were slashed from 200/1 into 25/1 overnight and are now 20/1.
Are the British public going to end up voting in a personality without considering the policies of the party they represent? If Jedward can last so long in X-Factor then who knows what might happen.
What do we know about these people? The facts are there for all to see, like in our handy Tale of the Tape, but we want to know what you think about these guys?
Tim Sheppard, one of the team here at William Hill, shares his "personal and not the company's" views and we want to hear what you think - leave us a comment at the bottom of this page or one of Tim's articles.
|Name||James Gordon Brown||Nicholas William Peter Clegg||David William Donald Cameron|
|Born||20 Feb 1951 (Age 59)
Giffnock, Renfrewshire, Scotland
|07 Jan 1967 (Age 43)
Chalfton St Giles, Buckinghamshire, England
|09 Oct 1966 (Age 43)
|Currently||Prime Minister of UK
Leader of Labour Party (27/06/07)
|Leader of Liberal Democrats (18/12/07)
||Leader of the Opposition (06/12/05)
|Constituency||Kirkcaldy & Cowdenbeath (09/06/83)||Sheffield Hallam (05/05/05)||Witney (07/06/01)|
|Previously||Chancellor of the Exchequer (1997-2007)
Shadow Chancellor (1992-1997)
|MEP East Midlands (1999-2004)||Shadow Secretary of State for Education and Skills (2005)|
|Education||Kirkcaldy High School
University of Edinburgh
|Westminster School, London
Robinson College, Cambridge
Brasenose College, Oxford
|Wiki fact||Popular fiction writer JK Rowling knows him as "affable, funny, gregarious, a great listener, a kind and loyal friend."||Brought up speaking Dutch (Mother's tongue) and English and now also speaks French, German and Spanish (his wife's native tongue)
||Great, great, great, great, great grandson of King William IV and so 5th cousin, twice removed of Queen Elizabeth II|