Talk is cheap as power rests in hands of voters
In 1975, two great heavyweights went for glory as Muhammad Ali took on Joe Frazier in the 'Thriller in Manila'. This week, our four main political contenders went at it in a debate which might be dubbed a 'Chiller in Vanilla'. It lacked substance, energy and colour.
Those expecting an intensive engagement revealing depth and character in the contestants were disappointed.
It was a tepid, small-minded squabble that once more left voters begging for less. Questions were parried away as all leaders preferred to shimmy, duck and dive rather than come out fighting.