It’s tempting to welcome the end of 2016, and hope it signals a change in our collective fortunes. Maybe 2017 could bring a little less lying, a little less hostility in public discourse. Maybe we could all just try a little harder. It just doesn’t seem terribly likely.
As Theresa May plots Britain’s route out of the EU, she may see a valuable kindred spirit. But she may want to tread carefully.
Funnily enough the Conservatives will tell you David Cameron won the argument on the big issues, Labour will say Ed Miliband's taken another step towards Downing Street, and the Lib Dems will claim to be the only party to have gained votes on the night.
It's not about power, it's about influence. A UKIP Britain, if it ever happens, is a far distant prospect. A more UKIP-ish Britain, by contrast, may be just a few months away.
David Cameron’s gamble is that the bad publicity from scuppering the debates is less damaging than the sight of him losing a debate to Nigel Farage, something he seems to believe is a distinct possibility.