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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.

Election aftermath: how will the next government be decided? — It is breakfast time on 8 May. The people have spoken - and for the second successive election they have denied a Commons majority to any single party. As the polls suggested and most of the pundits predicted, we have another hung parliament.

Voters are being asked to go to the polls wearing blindfolds — I want to ask a question that is not as stupid as it first sounds: what is an election about? Making a choice, obviously. But the process of making that choice should be something more. It ought also to be a conversation about the challenges facing the country and an education in how the rival leaders would meet them.

Election 2015 live: Ed Miliband and Boris Johnson interviewed on the Marr show — Good morning. It's the penultimate weekend of the election campaign, and I'm writing today's Election Live blog. Labour has a big policy announcement this morning: its plan to cap rents in the private sector, which are being described on the front page of the Sunday Times as amounting to the return of rent controls.

General election 2015: the main parties are all staring into a pitch-black night of the soul — As the distinguished philosopher Michael "Iron Mike" Tyson once put it: "Everyone has a plan until you get punched in the mouth." The story of this election is the parties making plans - and then getting thumped in the chops. This most tightly gridded and claustrophobically choreographed campaign is not going to schedule for anyone.

Hung parliament? Absolutely not. According to the great pretenders — Everyone keeps saying that this is an election like no other and yet the campaign is being conducted pretty much just like any other. TV crews trail around the country following the candidates to be prime minister in their battle buses for confected events and heavily staged encounters with "ordinary people".

Ed Miliband interview: ‘I want to reach out to Tory voters’ — Ed Miliband says he is enjoying the election, which is what party leaders are obliged to say when they are in the thick of it. Yet in his case, the claim to be "relishing" the fight has some ring of truth.

Ed Miliband issues call to moderate Tories: I’ll be your champion — Ed Miliband has made a direct pitch for the support of disaffected "one nation" Tories, insisting that he is on "the centre ground of politics" and would save the country from David Cameron's rightwing, anti-EU agenda.

Party manifestos: furtive silences that speak more eloquently than flowery words — They eat trees, drink ink and burn airtime. They come loaded with dangerous hostages to fortune and yet they are regarded as indispensable. They cause no end of angst for party leaders during the build-up to elections and massive trouble after them.

Nick Clegg interview: ‘I’ve taken hit after hit after hit. I’m a lot tougher’ — It seems a bit cruel to torment him with the memory, but we remind him anyway. Around this time five years ago, "Cleggmania" was all the rage. The polls had the Lib Dems surging at over 30% and one Sunday newspaper even ran a hyperbolic headline describing the Lib Dem leader as more popular than Winston Churchill.

Labour pledges huge fines on tax avoiders to raise £7.5bn a year — Labour will declare an immediate, all-out war on tax avoidance and evasion if it wins the 7 May election, pushing emergency laws through parliament designed to raise more than £7.5bn a year. The plan, involving far higher fines and the closing of loopholes, will form a central part of Labour's election manifesto, to be unveiled in Manchester on Monday.
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Apr 30, 2015

A week to go. Be great if you could join me and my colleagues for The Observer Election Countdown tonight. #GE2015

Apr 21, 2015

Be great if you could join me and my colleagues for The Observer Election Countdown on Thursday evening. #GE2015

Apr 19, 2015

"I want to reach out to Tory voters." Our interview with Ed Miliband. #GE2015

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