Who won the UK debate: Boris Johnson or Jeremy Corbyn?

David Miliband:

The great thing about last night's general election debate was that the great British public rumbled at the weakest positions of all the parties. Boris Johnson, they laughed when he said that his fidelity to the truth could know no bounds, and Jeremy Corbyn, when he tried to say he had a clear policy on Brexit.

I think that the consequence of the debate will be to leave both sides relieved. Johnson didn't get knocked out and Corbyn came across, according to the polls, as more likable. The truth is that the plates haven't yet shifted. Neither is fully trusted, to put it mildly. Neither party is engendering great enthusiasm, and the election has not yet crystallized around a question. I'm not sure if it ever will. Because in the end, a general election is not the right way to resolve the Brexit issue. There's too much else going on. But at the moment, the Conservatives are in the lead. But it's not over.

Lord William Hague:

The question is how did the first election debate go between Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn?

Well, it went. It happened. Both of them will be relieved about it, that they didn't do anything wrong. But is it an event that will have changed the course of this election so far, in which the conservatives have solidified their lead with the voters moving from the Brexit Party to them? So it seems. Will it have done that? Probably not. It isn't a game changer in the election. And so now the next question is going to be, as the party manifestos come out over the next week, is there something in those that changes the course of the election? Last time, there was for the Conservatives, they blew up their own campaign with their manifesto. Everybody on the Conservative side will be hoping that doesn't happen again.

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As Microsoft President Brad Smith shared in his blog post about our priorities for the state of Washington's current legislative session, we believe it is important to enact strong data privacy protections to demonstrate our state's leadership on what we believe will be one of the defining issues of our generation. People will only trust technology if they know their data is private and under their control, and new laws like these will help provide that assurance.

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