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Early thoughts on the Canadian election results

Well, I got the number of Conservative seats almost right – right on close to 100, just wrong on which side of it they’d fall. For the other two, though, I seem to have got it quite wrong: underestimating the size of the…

2015 General Election Day 35: Rock of pledges, cleft for me

And lo, it didst come to pass that someone in Labour HQ took the words ‘my pledges are carved in stone’ far too literally. I’ve been involved in enough election campaigns to know that at this point – five weeks in! – everyone’s…

Leaders’ Question Time and the future of election debates

That’s the end of the set piece events for this election, so the politicians will be relaxing and not expecting to be facing any more tough questions until around this time next week. Of course then they’ll actually have to come up with…

2015 General Election Day 31: Not a filthy assistant

I’m beginning to wonder if our politics are the ones the people in The Thick Of It watch if they want a laugh at strange and incredible things that sensible politicians like Dan Miller, Peter Mannion or even Nicola Murray would never consider.…

2015 General Election Day 30: Engage with non-voters in the approved manner only

I just looked back at 2010, and discovered my post for day 30 then was called ‘all over bar the voting‘, because that was the last day of the campaign, with just polling day to come. Is there anyone happy we still have…

2015 General Election Day 28: Who’s ahead in Wabznasm North?

Election Sundays are notable for two things – a slight scaling down of the activity carried out on the ground by the parties, coupled with a ratcheting up of the ridiculousness of the rhetoric by the Sunday papers. Today, of course, we had…

On Milifandom and politics fandom in general

More of politics in action: 1) Say you want more young people to get more involved and interested in politics. 2) Young people get interested in politician and discuss him. 3) say ‘oh, not like that’. As ever, people talking to the young…

2015 General Election Day 18: Cameron’s Gogglebox strategy fails

Two and a half weeks in, three weeks to go and it feels to me that we might have had the first big moment of the election tonight. There’d been a lot of pre-event discounting of tonight’s debate: Farage was guaranteed to win…

2015 General Election Day 11: Weapons Of Mass Distraction

The important thing to remember here is that there are still four weeks until election day. As I’m writing this, nominations are still open and agents are making their last minute dashes to the council office to get their final nomination forms in,…

2015 General Election Day 8: Sandy Pratt and secret robots

‘Ed’s Secret Robo Plot’ is going to take a lot of beating as both the best and most disappointing headline of the election campaign. On first sight, one might think it refers to Ed Miliband having a secret plot to build robots (probably…

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