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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.

Jinxed Cameron has the upper hand but can’t land a killer blow — 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 — 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 — 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 — 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.
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May 28, 2015

RT @StigAbell: In mad parochialism news, The National appears to be calling Blatter "the Alistair Carmichael of world football".

May 28, 2015

RT @SkyNewsTonight: Sir Julian Priestley says that an EU No vote is "the view of a vocal minority" who haven't suggested an alternative

May 28, 2015

RT @ravindre318: @adamboultonSKY UEFA is really world football; best teams all come from Europe; if they pulled out the World Cup would be rubbish REALLY?

May 28, 2015

RT @howardcj: @AamerAnwar, lawyer for family of IS bride Aqsa Mahmood, tells @adamboultonSKY girls are being groomed for sex "like Jimmy Savile's victims"

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