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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Easter Weekend Campaign Catch-up

  As families celebrated Easter across the United Kingdom, the election campaign showed no sign of abating. Below, Cicero Elections reviews what happened in the world of politics over the Easter weekend: Conservatives UKIP claimed another Conservative defection as Parliamentary candidate Mike Whitehead will contest Hull West and Hessle, a safe Labour seat, for UKIP. …

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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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