Changing public consensus on party beliefs can sometimes take up to a decade. Unexpectedly, there won't be another snap election for any party to test the water anytime soon. At least not until the Conservatives come down from their euphoria, giving way to the party's Eurosceptics to start causing trouble. But that'll take years...probably.
I turned up late from a book launch in London, wondering how to approach this high stakes poker game of a general election which, against most odds an...
We were told to expect the tightest election of a generation and it didn't arrive. The Tories won relatively comfortably against all the predictions and polls, Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls lost his seat to the Conservatives, and Labour won less seats than Gordon Brown in 2010.
What was billed continuously in the media as the tightest election in generations became almost a walkover for the Tories. And you can blame the opinion polls.
My guess is that many people will soon be recalling almost with fondness the relative stability of the Tory-Lib Dem coalition. Labour, presumably under a new leader, and the SNP, heralded by Alex Salmond as the Scottish lion that roared, will be in no mood to accommodate the Tories' plans for more public spending cuts and a continued squeeze on welfare programmes. Mr Cameron may wish to consult John Major on the joys of governing on a knife-edge.
When we voted against electoral reform 4 years ago, we made a choice that silenced the potential voices of millions of people. That's not democracy. In order to reclaim it for the people, we need electoral reform, not a new Prime Minister.
As we reach the end of a long and rather subdued election campaign, which party gets the gold star for best performance? Much has been made of the lack of classic moments this time around. The EdStone, #Milifandom and Cameron's "career-defining" slip are all very well and good, but they won't steal a place on the list of all time election greats...
Over the years political figures have done this in various ways to varying degrees of success. Here's a few of my favourite political fashion statements from the past and present, call it the alternative 'Downing Street Catwalk' if you will.
Thus far, I have remained uncharacteristically quiet about the election. For those that don't know me, in 2010 I created a Rage-Against-the-Machine for #1 style online group designed to support the Liberal Democrats - the party who have always been closest to my own political ideologies and who were the 'underdog' at the time. If we can get Rage to #1, went my thinking, then why not try and use the same methodologies for the election? Could a huge populist movement help to shape an election?
While Spiderman's Uncle Ben lies dying on the ground, he does indeed utter that 'with great power comes great responsibility'. The students in our constituency form a quarter of the electorate. We do have the power to uproot a notorious Lib Dem safe seat. So let's take this power and vote responsibly, for a party that will protect our communities, and not benefit a small few.
With the election looming this week, News Punch is back like the proverbial Renegade Master. But the ill behaviour is coming from Richard Littlejohn w...
Tomorrow the polls will open and election day will finally be upon us. It has been a long campaign, but it all comes down to a simple choice: between a Labour government that puts working people first, or a Tory government that works only for the privileged few. It is the clearest choice that has been put before the British people for a generation. The stakes are so high.
Britain's future is on a knife-edge. It would be a tragedy if we threw away all the hard work of the past five years and went back to square one. Together we can keep strengthening our economy, creating more jobs, investing in our health service, giving more young people a chance to get on in life. All this is within our grasp. We are on the brink of something truly special in our country.
"We are your servants......" It may come across like a sound-bite from a group wooing session gone wrong, but this was one of the many quotes dropped...
The latest opinion poll pops up on my twitter feed. According to Populus, Labour and the Conservatives are dead level on 34% apiece. What a contrast with Yougov's daily poll a little earlier. They had the two parties tied on 33%. OK, maybe not that big a contrast. More like a loud yawn in the theatre stalls, followed by another, during the most dramatic bit of the play.
No one really knows whether David Cameron or Ed Miliband will be the next British prime minister. And anyone who says they do is probably making it up. With that in mind, here are seven things everyone should understand about the campaign and election night.