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Dave and Ed can’t worry about our security now, there’s an election to win — Beyond recording the horrors perpetrated in its name, nobody finds it easy to talk about Isis. Most of the time we can't even agree what the group is called - Islamic State, IS and Isil jostle with Daesh, the Arabic acronym preferred by John Kerry, the US secretary of state.

I hope months of mess suits you: that’s what you’re voting for — LAST time, 2010, was like your first party, all exciting; it won't be like that this May. Given the near-universal assumption that the outcome of the upcoming general election will be inconclusive and fail to yield a strong single-party majority government, Britain's constitutionalists are growing worried. They are right to be.

Our war-weary country wobbles before the thugs of Moscow and Isis — It's not a question of intercontinental travel. A few hours' flight from Britain, two international conflicts are raging whose protagonists would like to redraw the map of the old world, let alone the settlements reached in the 20th century after two world wars and the Cold War.

No electoral chloroform, Dr Cameron. We demand a talking cure — Britain's two main political parties want to stupefy us into submission between now and the general election. If it can hold its narrow lead in the polls, Labour believes that Ed Miliband will be the next prime minister.

All the evidence says that Ed will win. Yes, it really could happen — Macbeth is a spooky play, but when the newly appointed thane of Cawdor says, "The greatest is behind", it's not a premonition of the age of Kim Kardashian. He means that the best of the witches' predictions has yet to be fulfilled.

Miliband strikes as we tire of Cameron replaying Downturn Abbey — My mother is already looking forward to the Downton Abbey Christmas special. It is sure to be one of the most popular programmes over the festive period. On TV the Roaring Twenties are back in fashion. In politics Labour's back-to-the-past approach has moved a decade further on, to the Depression era.

Even though George may conjure up a Tory victory, No 10 will elude him — George Osborne has had a good couple of weeks. Instant polls confirm a big Tory lead as the party "best able to manage the economy", and the occupants of Downing Street are guffawing at Ed Balls's panicky "anything they spend, we'll spend more" reaction to the latest promised Conservative largesse towards the NHS.

When Twitter dumps a dollop of abuse, smile and earn #respect — Bird droppings have played an under-reported role in British politics. They explain, for example, why the mainstream parties no longer hold their annual conferences in Blackpool. As the demands of security grew, delegates were forced to queue on a back staircase that served as a roost for verminous pigeons.

Sacrificing the lamb in Woolf’s clothing hurts only the abuse victims — Full disclosure: I've attended a small dinner with Lord Brittan and his wife at an embassy, although I doubt that either of them can remember the event. I have interviewed Brittan many times in his roles as a cabinet minister, European commissioner and Tory grandee.

Spineless Cameron is letting Farage’s foxes into the Tory henhouse — YOU CAN'T walk far at Westminster these days without bumping into a grinning Conservative Eurosceptic. Within a couple of minutes I got the same wolfish answer from a couple of them to my inquiry about the state of play. "Things are all going splendidly," they purred.
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RT @Monicagain: So excited to be filming SKY's Bob Friend Memorial Scholarship 2015 tomorrow w/ @CfJKent. Guest speakers John Humphrys & @a…

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RT @nuxnix: Unfortunately, countering the Islamist terror threat is a politically thankless task and the measures are not working says @adamboultonSKY

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