I listened to Nick Clegg and Vince Cable like many others did - on the radio. And on the surface what they offered sounded quite attractive. Vince was there playing the wise old sage and telling it like it is. Well, telling it how Vince thinks it is. Clegg put in an impressive performance explaining the four cornerstones of the Liberal Democrat approach. They both confronted the deficit head on, and seemed to offer cast iron public spending cuts, albeit only £10 billion of them. But they managed to portray this as somehow being rather courageous. It is, however, true, that unlike the Labour and Conservative press launches, they did speak about the deficit at length and appearing to offer ideas on how to solve the problem. Some of the journalists picked holes in their plan, which may be why Clegg would only take seven questions.
But of course when you dig beneath the surface you find the normal idiotic LibDem policies, which put saner people off voting for them. For instance, they want to put VAT on new houses, adding £11,000 to the cost of an average house for a first time buyer. And later on you find that they rule out military action against Iran "in all circumstances". Totally irresponsible.
So, where are we, now that all three parties have published their manifestos? Probably exactly where we were before. None of the parties has produced a gamechanger in their manifestos. There have been no big surprises, so we now move on to the next big election moment - the first Prime Ministerial debate. And it is the polls in the Sunday papers which may indicate if there has been any real movement over the last seven days.