The Final Debate: Trump’s Last Stand?

  In what political commentators are already calling the most volatile Presidential election campaign in a lifetime, the final debate tonight is even harder to predict than the tumultuous campaign which preceded it. In the blue corner, Hillary Clinton will try and do her level best to maintain her focus and read from the script …

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Grading on a curve: Why the Presidential debate season favours Trump

  The Presidential debate season is nearly upon us. Fortune usually favours the brave, but in this case it may favour the outspoken. Tonight, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will go face to face at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, quite possibly for the first time since the former Secretary of State “happened to …

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Don’t forget the media

  I suspect when candidates go knocking on doors, one issue least likely perceived to be a vote winner is that of a party’s media policy. In fact, in an effort to clamp down on government expenditure, many commentators and politicians have pointed to abolishing the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and moving …

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Cicero Elections Review: Leaders’ Question Time

  David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg took part in the final election television event last night in front of a Question Time audience in Leeds. Last night was originally meant to be the final leaders debate, but Cameron rejected the offer claiming debates would dominate the campaign. In contrast, yesterday’s event received little …

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Did the TV debates connect with voters?

With 27 days to go until the polls open, the question is, have you had enough of it as yet? Voters are now surrounded, either through choice or submission, by leaflets, daily polling, party political broadcasts, tweets and of course, the leaders’ debates. While naturally there was more press attention on last week’s debates on …

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Seven things we learnt about the seven-way leaders’ debate:

  Sturgeon – PR woman extraordinaire: Sturgeon worked hard to cleanse SNP’s anti-UK reputation. By explaining what SNP MPs would do in Westminster to stand up for British voters, her party didn’t come across as the Northern bogeyman that the other parties are keen to paint it as. The other candidates failed to stress that …

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Game plans for Thursday night

Thursday sees the 7-sided ‘debate’ between party leaders. What’s at stake for each of them? Reading from stage left to right…. Natalie Bennett  After recent shaky media appearances, the expectations start low – so the chances of appearing ‘better’ are enhanced. Poll ratings indicate significantly stronger support than in 2010.  But another weak performance would …

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