In the end, whatever the opinion polls say and whatever happens on June 8th, lessons must be learnt from the Osborne fallacy. The rhetoric must match the reality and if that happens then the public will be in no doubt that Theresa May is a lot of things, but strong and stable, she most certainly isn't.
Flying start - two words that sum up the beginning of Labour's general election campaign. In five days, Jeremy Corbyn has shown he has the passion and the plan in place to transform Britain in the interests of the many. Already, Corbyn has outperformed May significantly, dominating the news agenda and travelling across the country to lay out Labour's vision for a rebuilt and transformed Britain.
The normalisation of xenophobia in our political discourse and media is having a real impact on the lives of real people. If you value equality, respect and human dignity, then this election is the time for you to step up. Your vote is your pledge - your pledge to stand against the bigotry that is being mainstreamed in our politics and public spaces. Here are five ways that you can directly challenge xenophobia in the course of this general election...
"The General Election isn't about Brexit" is as good as saying "the referendum wasn't about immigration." Yes, the referendum was surrounded by other pressing issues but immigration was the defining characteristic for a large swathe of voters. And the defining issue of this snap election is Brexit. To say otherwise is naïve at best and madness at worst.
A remarkable feature of the NHS is the resilience of public confidence in it. Despite constant headlines that it is "in crisis", satisfaction levels actually rose last year from 60 to 63 per cent according to the British Social Attitudes Survey. They are currently at their third highest level in the 33 years since the survey began in 1983.
Here is the thing. If Theresa May can change her mind so spectacularly within months about the merits and demerits of an early general election, then we must give the people the opportunity to change their minds once the terms of Brexit are concluded. Offer a second referendum and let the people decide.
Both the recent reporting and the latest polling data suggests that Theresa May has called an election because she wants to win a large majority - possibly three figures. All the polling currently points to a big win for the Conservatives. They are more than 20 points ahead of Labour and well into the 40% range it is assumed is needed for victory. This has been the case for some time.
The world is in such a volatile state at the moment: tens of thousands of refugees; the continuing tragedy in Syria after six years of war; the Yemen; North Korea; and, an unpredictable US President. In the UK, there are looming problems on health, education, social care and welfare. There is also the serious prospect of the breakup of the UK, as the First Minister of Scotland attempts to call a Second Referendum on independence. Having followed the difficult Peace Process in Northern Ireland throughout my time as an MP, I am genuinely concerned that the Government is causing harm in the region as it fails to end the political deadlock in Stormont. Against this background, it's clear that the Prime Minister is trying to protect her own back with a cut and run General Election. We need people sitting and discussing not knocking on doors.
The time for bleak, pessimistic austerity from Tory governments is over. It has bought the NHS to its knees, stripped local government of vital resources, decimated school funding and put immense pressure on those who were struggling the most. This is a chance for optimism. It is chance for us to want better, we deserve better. Better for ourselves and better for the next generation. It is a chance to make a change. This is your opportunity to vote for it.
The Conservatives will extend their majority, so they'll be happy. The Liberal Democrats actually have a proper platform to stand on in this election (i.e. no Brexit) which may win them seats back (which seemed a long way away until this week). And Labour 'moderates' will now have an unequivocal excuse to ditch Corbyn after he loses.
Referendums do not resolve anything the way a General Election does. With the SNP clambering for a second independence referendum, and what sort of Brexit we are going to end up with being about as clear as mud from the government since UK voted to leave the EU, Prime Minister May is right to go to Parliament tomorrow and seek a two thirds majority vote for an early election. It does mean we might expect to have an actual detailed plan, not the sort of fuzzy "we want a red, white and blue Brexit." It gives the lie to the PM claims we have been coming together - the exact opposite is why we need this election.
The rampant inequality that pervades British society is often defended on the basis of absurd myths about how our economy actually functions. This week, Jeremy Corbyn opened up a full frontal attack on three of these myths by unveiling common-sense, yet also radical policies to modernise and rebalance Britain's economy in favour of the majority.
"If we don't say the last Labour government was good, why would anyone vote for the next one?" That question was recently posed to Progress readers by Harriet Harman. The obvious answer is that no one will. Yet the prevailing mood within the Labour party today towards that period of power is one of measured indifference - or, at worst, open disdain.
In the end only Labour can make sure it's disciplinary procedures follow through on the rhetoric of zero tolerance. Until then those who've decided to remain are involved in an important but decidedly unglamorous battle. We shouldn't have a go at them any more than we should those who've, understandably, decided enough is enough
I don't know, right now I don't think there is one. I think Labour needs to take a long hard look, at what type of party it wants to be, and what views it represents, and how best it can accommodate all other views as well. But this will take a while, and in the meantime, I suspect we're going to see more protests outside the New Statesman, and more government policies going unquestioned.
The reason the women of 1997 saved my life was not because they handed me benefits, or 15 hours of free childcare to give me a break. It is because they allowed me to get out of my house and become something. What is lost in missed contributions to both the Treasury and society must run to billions of pounds. Thousands of missed opportunities for innovation, lifesaving medicine, beautiful things and technical revolutions. What could have been if only we'd thought to remember the women keeps me awake at night. What have we missed?