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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.

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

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.
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Mar 01, 2015

@kevverage @JohnRentoul Nats say they'd never do a deal with Tories, but stranger things have happened in politics.

Mar 01, 2015

@LeePKelly Thanks for your concern, Lee. If you go to the main site, it is top of opinion.

Mar 01, 2015

@gilesmarshall @guardian Thanks. Much appreciate you saying so. If you go to the main site, it is top of opinion.

Feb 22, 2015

Why the Tories are cheering on the Nationalist surge in Scotland.

Feb 15, 2015

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

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