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I’m fed up with the Unmagnificent Seven. Isn’t everyone?

thesundaytimes.co.uk — It's not just politicians who get worn down by general election campaigns. Journalists succumb as well. After five weeks of argument, spin and evasion from pumped-up partisans, I sometimes think it's a pity they can't all lose. In previous elections I've seen votes cast with passion, determination and even fury, but not this time - except in Scotland.

Broadcast battles

thetimes.co.uk — There were four participants in the final three-way TV programme of this general election campaign: Cameron, Miliband, Clegg and the audience. And the audience won. The audience of millions at home got the clearest and liveliest exposition so far of where Britain's three main national parties stand - and the hand-picked audience in Leeds Town Hall pummelled each of the three would-be prime ministers (or deputy prime ministers) in succession.

How about a Tory-Labour coalition? It’s what the majority want

thesundaytimes.co.uk — SHORTLY after the last election, a group of television news presenters were queuing up to interview the new prime minister. One of us, who shall remain nameless, remarked that he rather liked the coalition because it was the first time in his life that Britain had a government that a majority of the electorate had in some way voted for.

I can see why politicians love Game of Thrones

telegraph.co.uk — Julia Gillard, Australia's deposed prime minister, professes herself a GoT addict, and has even taken to sending out messages on Twitter in Dothraki, one of the fantasy world's languages. Things get medieval in Game of Thrones So what's the attraction of the quasi-medieval dynastic saga with dragons, especially since I've never gone a bundle on fantasy?

Here they come, hot off the press . . . just as the age of manifestos is over

thesundaytimes.co.uk — The election campaign has not started yet for many potential voters. Anybody who cares knows it is happening but that doesn't mean they know what part they are going to play, if any, on polling day. Even those likely to vote are exceptionally unsure who they are going to back.

Jinxed Cameron has the upper hand but can’t land a killer blow

thesundaytimes.co.uk — FORGET the post-mortem examination for now, the London School of Economics played host this weekend to the "pre-mortem" of an election campaign that is very much alive and kicking, even though it will only begin officially tomorrow when David Cameron hands in his notice (temporarily, he hopes) to Her Majesty.

Broadcast battles

thetimes.co.uk — Largely thanks to foot-dragging by the Conservatives, the outcome of negotiations between broadcasters and political parties this year's general election debates pleases no one. The broadcasters proposed three face-to-face debates and Lynton Crosby, Cameron's campaign manager, has succeeded in agreeing only one "debate" in which party leaders will confront each other live, scheduled for April 2.

Cameron’s hedgehog strategy for the TV debates will make voters pricklish

thesundaytimes.co.uk — OUR MPs didn't need Russell Brand to start preaching "don't bother voting" and "revolution" to tell them that large sections of the public are turned off by the conventional political process. The Commons commissioned an investigation into voter engagement which reported last November.

Dave and Ed can’t worry about our security now, there’s an election to win

thesundaytimes.co.uk — 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

thesundaytimes.co.uk — 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.
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May 06, 2015

RT @davidtorrance: This pic will have to feature in my forthcoming (updated) biography of Alex Salmond. I'll justify it somehow. pic.twitter.com/wBGVN5tPR8

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