"The cognoscenti's verdict on the campaign was that, since voters could now directly compare the party leaders for 270 minutes on TV, catching every nuance in their voices, watching every twitch of their facial muscles, press power would drain away. Its partisanship, many judged, would look increasingly irrelevant against the calm, controlled format and inbuilt balance of the TV debates. But the newspapers weren't listening. Most ended the campaign more partisan, more hysterical, less balanced than ever. And after what happened to Clegg, who can say they were wrong?"