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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 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…

‘Winning’ vs ‘performing well’: Different reactions in leaders’ debate polling

As I said in my post last night, one explanation for the differing results given in the post-debate opinion polls was that they could be asking different questions. Having had a chance to look at some of the reporting of the polls, it…

2015 General Election Day 4: Not-so-Magnificent Seven

Another day, another debate. It didn’t turn into the seven-way shoutathon that I feared, but there were points when there were lots of people talking over each other – usually 2 or 3 of the men – though Julie Etchingham managed to keep…

2015 General Election Day 3: Fool if you think it’s over

Some really shocking news to start the election today, as the Telegraph does huge amounts of original research gets an email from Tory HQ and reveals the news that rich businesspeople, some of whom are Tory members of the House of Lords, think…

How to be a leading political commentator

So, we had some news last night that Ed Miliband wants to bring in rules to organise and regulate General Election leaders’ debates. For the avoidance of doubt, here’s what the article says: The Observer has learnt that a Labour government, in a…

Not Watching This Weekend: The Remake

It has come to our attention that barely weeks after its official release, one of the earliest projects of Not Watching This Weekend Studios is now being remade by a rival fantasy production studio. This gang of young upstarts, apparently known as The…

General Election leaders’ debates should be five leaders in all three debates

The general election debate dance used to be simple. The leader of whichever of the Conservative or Labour partes was trailing in the polls demanded one, then the one who was in the lead hemmed, hawed and put so many conditions in the…

2010 General Election Diary Day 25: Silver Nemesis Of The Dog Whistles

Firstly, a musical interlude: Well, that’s cleared all the lingering dog whistles from last night. For more on this, and to save me just echoing everything she wrote, go and read what Jennie has to say. Just think, this time next week it’ll…

Of course I agree with Nick

It’s very hard to watch a political debate objectively when you’re a partisan supporter of one of the participants in it. ‘No, no,’ you find yourself practicising in your head during the most embarrassing moments ‘when he removed his trousers and ran round…

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