It’s Devo Max… Stupid!

  For all the heat and light – the latest polling numbers in Scotland continue to show a huge wave of support for the SNP in this Westminster election. While it feels like the Scottish party leaders have been debating each other to death – I know it feels like that in Scotland – with …

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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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Health – a week for the pessimists?

  Health – a week for the pessimists? As the election campaign stumbles back to life following the Easter holidays, this week has seen a pessimistic view of the NHS permeate the debate, as 140 health professionals signed an open letter to the Guardian criticising the coalition’s policies over the last five years. At a …

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Party manifestos: Serving a new purpose?

Next week, the main parties will launch their election manifestos. But what purpose do they serve? The political textbooks will say these documents set out all the parties’ policies, allowing voters to choose between the different offerings. However, that’s about as far from reality as you can get. Voters are not quietly rational citizens, settling …

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