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The Observer's award-winning Chief Political Commentator, critically-acclaimed broadcaster and author of Number One best-seller, The End of the Party.

Ed Miliband passed his first screen test. The next one will be tougher

theguardian.com — The Tories kiboshed a direct head-to-head between the two candidates to be prime minister, but they were still taking no chances on Thursday night. By the time Ed Miliband was taking his turn on Battle for Number 10, David Cameron had already left the building.

2015 election: Voters’ shifting moods have formed a five-act drama. Will there be a sixth before the curtain falls?

theguardian.com — This is the tightest and most unpredictable election for decades. So, over the course of the campaign, the opinion polls will be monitored even more obsessively than usual. My advice is to have a big bag of salt to hand when hearing reports about daily fluctuations. Forget the twitches; look for a trend.

So how did George Osborne the failure become the people’s favourite?

theguardian.com — George Bernard Shaw once remarked - it was one of his better jokes - that "my reputation grows with every failure". The same could be said of another George. In the estimation of his fans, he's the Tory grandmaster of strategy, the man who is always four moves ahead of his opponents.

Writer James Graham talks to Andrew Rawnsley about his TV drama Coalition: ‘I love humanising politics’

theguardian.com — James Graham got his first theatrical break at the age of 10 when he was cast in a primary school production of Oliver!. As which character? "As Oliver, obviously," he laughs. "I was this tiny little child with a small face. I loved acting.

The truth that dare not speak its name: no one will win on 7 May

theguardian.com — There is little point in trying to predict the winner of this election, because there won't be one. There will only be a best loser. There is little point in trying to predict the winner of this election, because there won't be one. There will only be a best loser.

In this game of TV chicken, will David Cameron be first to blink?

theguardian.com — Here's a list of things that you wouldn't want to be called if you were a party leader facing an election in 60 days' time. Scared. Arrogant. Cynical. Hypocritical. Cowardly. Calculating. High-handed. Feeble. Duplicitous. Undemocratic. Chicken.

This descent into cash-and-carry politics will make us all feel cheap

theguardian.com — Canvassing for Votes, one of a series of four wonderful paintings by William Hogarth about the corruption of parliamentary elections in the 18th century, depicts agents for the Tories and the Whigs flourishing banknotes at an innkeeper in an attempt to bribe him. Would never happen today, of course.

Voting SNP more likely to create Tory victory

theguardian.com — We never voted for that. It has long been the lamentation of Scots that England has imposed alien governments on them. They rejected Margaret Thatcher, but had to endure the she-devil and her hated poll tax because England put the blue lady in Number 10.

If one thing will cost the Tories this election, it is their arrogance

theguardian.com — You are a playwright writing a satire on the Tory party's relationship with money, timed to be staged for the enjoyment of leftish audiences just before the general election. Provisionally entitling your work The Rich List, you think it will make a darkly amusing opening to set the first act at a "black-and-white ball", the lavish fundraisers that the Tories throw to swell their campaign coffers with cheques from the doshed-up.

This is not the time for Labour to indulge in a scrap in its own navel

theguardian.com — A house divided against itself cannot stand. It is one of the basic laws of politics that visibly disunited parties don't win elections. The voters are signalling a strong disinclination to make anyone a clear victor in May and that may have something to do with the fact that all the parties are split.
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Mar 29, 2015

Ed Miliband passed his first screen test. The next one will be tougher. gu.com/p/473qv

Mar 28, 2015

@MarcusHemsley A thought I've occasionally floated myself, though Tories retort that AV would encourage more people to vote Ukip.

Mar 23, 2015

My @ObsNewReview chat about dramatising politics (and much else) with the prodigiously talented @mrJamesGraham gu.com/p/46njz

Mar 22, 2015

So how did George Osborne the failure become the people’s favourite? gu.com/p/46p8q/stw

Mar 21, 2015

RT @ProfTimBale: Labour under Ed - join @andrewrawnsley & me to discuss & dissect on Monday evening: eventbrite.co.uk/e/five-year-mi… http://t.co/WYR…

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