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Chief Political Commentator — The Observer
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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.

Can the underdog beat the top dog in the tightest race for years? — Mark Tuesday in your calendar. All the political parties have done so for it is the point when there will be exactly 100 days to go before the election. This will consume some people with dread, but it gives me a tingle of excitement.

Green party overtakes Lib Dems in new opinion poll — The Green party has taken a small lead over the Liberal Democrats in a new opinion poll, prompting demands for the broadcasters to acknowledge a "political revolution" under way in Britain and include the party in the television general election debates.

Broadcasters need new proposals on pre-election TV debates - Nick Clegg — Nick Clegg became the first Westminster party leader to say the broadcasters seeking to organise televised leaders' debates ahead of the election need to bring forward "other proposals". David Cameron has refused to sign up to the existing plan, which consists of three debates: one between the prime minister and leader of the opposition, one three-way including Clegg, and another that also features Ukip's leader Nigel Farage.

The fewer young people that vote, the worse for the future of Britain — 'Fuck David Cameron!" some chanted while others burnt effigies of Nick Clegg. In November 2010, the government got the shock of its early life. Student protests against tuition fees turned violent when some demonstrators broke into the headquarters of the Conservative party, trashed the reception area and occupied the roof crying: "Greece!

Jeremy Thorpe review - Michael Bloch’s gripping and insightful biography — I recommend this biography, especially to any Liberal Democrats feeling down in the dumps. The third party has known far worse times than this. The general election of 1970 left the Liberals with just six MPs. As the joke of the time had it, they could be fitted into the back of a taxi.

There’s more to happiness than numbers — Larry Elliott (If money can't buy happiness, how are we all feeling as living standards fall?, 12 January), makes a number of salient points. We need, though, to reset the terms of the debate. As long as we continue to think about growth and wealth in purely numerical terms, we will continue to be stuck in contradictions.

Anxious Britain will find no succour in a TV election debate — The prospect of the television election debates elicits from me two incompatible responses. On the one hand, I believe strongly that the Greens should be invited. If it's on the basis of having a seat in the house, then they have the same right as Ukip.

Chances of a TV election debate? Choose between zilch and nada — At the time of the last election, David Cameron pronounced that TV debates were "here to stay". It was his confident declaration that: "We will have them in every election in the future and that is a really good thing for democracy." Many others thought so too.

Norman Tebbit says David Cameron will lose support if he ducks TV debates — Voters will conclude that David Cameron is "frit" if he refuses to take part in live television debates with the other party leaders before the general election, Norman Tebbit, the Tory party's former chairman, has told the Observer.

There’s a vacuum now in British politics. And it’s Blair-shaped — About some things, Tony Blair might not be the ideal person to approach for advice, especially at the fee level he charges. How to conduct wars in the Middle East. How to control your chancellor. How to burnish your post prime-ministerial reputation. But on one subject he has an excellent claim to be an expert.
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Jan 11, 2015

Why David Cameron never wanted TV debates and how the Tories sabotaged the negotiations.

Dec 25, 2014

Merry Christmas and thanks to all who have to work today from those of us having fun

Dec 21, 2014

Lots of donkeys but no lions in a year of political trench warfare.

Nov 30, 2014

George Osborne only has scrawny rabbits to pull out of his hat.

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