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Richard III seized the crown; lookalike Osborne simply plans and waits — This is a glorious summer for George Osborne - and not just because the remodelled chancellor now bears a passing resemblance to Laurence Olivier's Richard III. In charge of both the Treasury and the Conservative election campaign, Osborne's double bet came off. He got the political and economic cycles to align, thereby winning a Tory parliamentary majority.

A plague is on both Houses. Making peers move out for MPs is the cure — The late Quintin Hogg's pugnacious conversational style matched his appearance. He looked like a benign gargoyle, a fallen cherub morphing into an imp. After decades as an MP, Hogg resurrected his family title of Lord Hailsham and became lord chancellor. From his seat of authority on the woolsack he enjoyed muttering "bollocks" to the bishops when they spoke.

Three Labour races and each one a gift for the tee-heeing Tories — Like a naughty schoolboy of yesteryear, David Cameron is still sticking his tongue out behind teacher's back after his slap for gloating issued by Harriet Harman, Labour's schoolmarmish caretaker leader. Prime ministerial bumptiousness is almost inevitable. The Labour party is caught up in a tangle of leadership contests that are simultaneously hurried and drawn out.

The ghost of Wilson guides Cameron towards a referendum victory — I don't remember the 1975 European Economic Community referendum even though I was 16 at the time and had followed closely the two general elections the year before and even Edward Heath's surprise victory over Harold Wilson in 1970.

Still On Knife Edge After Longest Campaign Ever — This has been the longest General Election campaign in British political history. Thanks to the Fixed-Term Parliament Act passed at the beginning of the Coalition, we've known for almost five years that polling day would be on 7 May 2015.

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