Isn't it amazing what the Icelanders will do to ruin our economy and then intervene in our political system. You really couldn't make it up. I originally thought I would be in Manchester today to do post match commentary for Newsnight or ITV, but both of them decided to drop me (how very dare they!) in the end - that's the way TV works. I'm now rather relieved they did.
So many people have given their views about what might happen tonight that there's little I can add to it. All three camps have been trying to reduce expectations for their own man - almost comically so. It's panning out in spin terms just like an American presidential debate, and no doubt the post match spin will be the same. I'll make a guarantee to you now. I'm not going to be partisan in this and say that David Cameron has won, if I don't think he has. You'll get my honest opinion.
I think one of the main dangers in these debates is over-preparing. David Cameron is at his best when he is himself. I guess that applies to Clegg and Brown too. Too much coaching can lead to a below par performance. Believe me, I know. Pre prepared one liners and jokes can also backfire as you're constantly looking for an opportunity to get your clever line in. I hope Cameron's brain hasn't been stuffed with them. But oneliners can also backfire if they are interpreted as slightly inappropriate.
My election campaign starts in earnest today. After a brief appearance on the Daily Politics at 11.45 I'm off to Dagenham & Rainham to help my friend Simon Jones oust Jon Cruddas for a few hours and then later I'm driving up to Norfolk where I'll be spending two days campaigning in Broadland and Norwich, and I may well take a little mosey up to the North Norfolk coast to see how my successor, Trevor Ivory, is doing. Don't worry Trevor, I'll wear a hoodie...