5.01 pm Brown's final pitch is entirely about fear that spending cuts will hurt the recovery and damage public services. Brown's and Blair's record has barely been raised. If the Tories want to turf them out, the record should surely be more central. Cameron's closing remarks were, however, the best moment of the night: hope versus fear. Yes, that is the conservative message in Britain: hope versus fear.
4.55 pm. On healthcare: unbelievable pabulum and tedium. They're all vying to help old people, sick people, all people - by spending money and directing government employees. The British policy debate really has shifted leftward in the past decade.
4.50 pm Clegg seems far more critical of Cameron than of Brown. Both Brown and Clegg take aim at inheritance tax cuts for the wealthy.
4.46 pm. Each candidate is vying to spend more money on the socialized medicine system. Only Clegg seems even faintly fiscally responsible: "We're going to need savings in the NHS." Cameron has quarantined the health service as the only government program that won't be cut in the attempt to control the debt.
4.40 pm. Cameron blames Brown for too few helicopters in Afghanistan. He scores a small point.
4.32 pm. The defense debate centers around the pay and equipment of the military. The unpopularity of the Afghanistan war seems simply assumed. Clegg seems to have the most pertinent and concrete proposals. Brown defends the war as a vital means to prevent terrorism that starts in that region. Cameron rather lamely wants a comprehensive defense review. Not that this is wrong; it's just a little banal. Clegg wins this round - especially in the nuclear capacity question.