The UK has a problem with immigration. Even those who support migration have to concede that there are practical difficulties, such as a squeeze on school class sizes and GP waiting lists in areas where many new people have settled. This has boosted parties such as UKIP where a withdrawal from the EU - and therefore an end to free migration throughout Europe - is one of their major policies.
With the manifestos out of the way and as we head towards the final stretch of the election campaigns culminating with the General Election, political deadlock remains in place. Neither of the two main parties have gained the upper hand with polls suggesting a very tight race to the finish line.
On May 7th we decide which shower of shit we want leading the country. Fringe politicians aside, there are 7 party leaders to choose from, all of whic...
Without a similar cause, how can the rest of the UK's broad left transcend its differences and make a break from politics as usual? Interestingly that moment and that opportunity is now upon us.
What was truly startling, though, was hearing from 23-year-old Temi, who is a teaching assistant, that she was wholly undecided which way to vote between Labour, Conservative and the Liberal Democrats. No party had yet produced a clinching argument; reliable testimony that they not only cared for beloved public services like the NHS (easy to say), but were also capable of delivering on those promises (so hard to do). There's a phrase the characters in the blockbuster novel/TV series Game of Thrones keep repeating. "Words are wind". It might have been intended for any, or all, of our political leaders.
What impact this debate has on public perceptions of the candidates - both present and absent on the night - and how people vote on 7th May remains to be seen. Our latest Political Monitor suggests that while the last seven-way debate may have helped boost some of the leaders' personal ratings, the race between the Conservatives and Labour remains as tight as ever.
Don't worry. In three weeks it will be all over and we will just have a few more days of the media speculating on the make up of the coalition. You can certainly respond to the knock on your door knowing it won't be a politician.
Something very unusual happened towards the end of the TV debate between the five main opposition party leaders: I learned something I didn't already know. Perhaps I haven't been paying close enough attention, but when Ed Miliband and the SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon were clashing noisily over hypothetical post-election cooperation between their two parties, I suddenly realised: the SNP have no cards to play... After the debate exchanges it seems abundantly clear that the SNP would have little or no power to exert their will over Labour
Nicola Sturgeon, along with Plaid Cymru's Leanne Wood and the Green Party's Natalie Bennett, outlined a vision of hope as an alternative to the conservatism of the mainstream parties, Labour included, who remain prisoners of Thatcherite nostrums to greater or lesser extent.
It is tempting to hope that the general election on 7 May will sort out Europe's British problem for good. Tempting but wrong. There may well be clarification, and even some terrible over-simplification, but not a resolution.
If Miliband - the weak, sex-crazed, fratricidal lunatic - can achieve this, then he might do quite well when Britons make their way to the ballot box in a few weeks' time.
Suddenly they all woke up and started shouting at each other about the NHS. "You're lying!" yelled Nigel to Ed. "Be quiet all of you!" yelped Dimbers. "Natalie?" "Yes, I think it was probably my turn," she replied, primly.
On Tuesday we launched the Green Party of England and Wales 2015 general election manifesto: 'For the Common Good'. It is shaped by our vision of a future Britain, and our principles and values which say that no one in this, the world's sixth richest economy, should fear not being able to put food on table, or pay the bills that keep a roof over their head. It is shaped by a politics founded in humanity. We want to create a Britain that cares. But it is also based on a fundamental principle that the other parties deny and ignore: the need for us to build a stable and sustainable society that protects our planet now and for future generations.
We've hit the part of the General Election campaign that really starts to get on my nerves. The funny thing is, I genuinely think this vote could be one of the most interesting in the UK's history, given how disillusionment with large swathes of the political spectrum has resulted in no one party looking capable of gaining an overall majority...
The future is a funny old thing. That word has been thrown around so often during the tiresome back and forth of this campaign that it's lost all meaning, blending into the dull humming noise that the election has become.
If Ed Miliband, Nick Clegg and David Cameron really don't want all their green-minded supporters to flock to the Greens, they must do more to convince voters that on these issues they actually offer a pro-environment alternative to the Greens.