Giving an endorsement based not on solutions, but on correctly identifying the problem, seems an odd thing for a newspaper to do – yet that is exactly what The Observer did yesterday. I would argue the problem lies in our broken, unfit-for-purpose electoral system – something spotted by a certain Mr Brand a couple of years ago – which is why the paper may as well have endorsed him. Continue reading
Many of us living and/or campaigning in Lib Dem-Conservative marginals will no doubt
have seen the propaganda from CCHQ intended to win over wavering Lib Dem/Conservative voters. But the total number of seats the Conservatives need to win for an outright majority is 63, not 23 as the Tories would have us believe.
There’s been a fair amount of coverage of the ‘red line’ on education trumpeted by the Lib Dems yesterday, closely followed by another one on a ‘stability budget’ this morning. But are these, in fact, anything so novel, or is it merely the media waking up to the way coalition negotiations would work – five years too late? Continue reading
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Tagged 2010 election, 2015 election, coalition, education, environment, housing, manifesto, news coverage, NHS, politics, taxes
A more youthful Clegg in 2010 (Photo: Guardian)
Tonight sees the first – and only – real debate of the 2015 General Election campaign, when 7(!) party leaders will go head-to-head on ITV. Ahead of the debate (see here for speaking order), I’ve been musing about what I’d like to hear Nick Clegg say in his opening and closing remarks. Continue reading
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The news this morning is full of discussion of polling statistics following the dissolution of Parliament at midnight. One commentator suggested that polls are inherently unpredictable, drawing on the recent election in Israel – read on after the jump to find out why I think that observation, and and all the hype about the polls, is wrong. Continue reading
Disraeli may have thought that “England does not love coalitions”, but I certainly enjoyed the Channel 4 dramatisation of those crazy days of May 2010, broadcast last night. If you’ve not yet seen it, I strongly recommend catching up (before April 28th, 2015). You can find out what I thought was interesting after the jump; feel free to leave your own thoughts in the comments!
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Tagged 2010 election, channel 4, coalition, david laws, ed miliband, mark gatiss, nick clegg, paddy ashdown, peter mandelson, politics, tv
I’m considering re-starting this blog, at least in the run-up to the General Election (and possibly beyond). In case some of you are wondering why I’ve been pretty much silent on social media etc in the past few months – a state a friend of mine referred to as going “to see a black hole” – you can read on and find out after the jump. Continue reading