I’m amazed that for the first time a political leaders’ debate has been broadcasted on UK television. In Italy we are familiar with this kind of format, which however doesn’t help the Italian political situation (as you may know!)The UK format seems to be more democratic (questions come from the public, not from an appointed journalist), questions are simple and the leaders’ answers can be compared easily. Although in Italy the debate is moderated, it is not easy to understand the different views. Basically, they accuse each other to be a liar!
For your information, here you can compare an UK and Italian debate (if you can understand Italian)