In the past week, we've seen four new election manifestos - but with both Labour and the Tories struggling to make any kind of decisive poll gain, some old ideas are rearing their heads. The Tories, failing to achieve the desperately-awaited 'crossover' in the polls, are very rapidly ditching their stern economic message of 'tough choices' and attempting to resurrect the groaning corpse of the 'big society.'
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.
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...
Climate change threatens everything we hold dear, even if you're an economist. The business case for boosting investment in renewables and energy efficiency is incredibly compelling. Yet still the Chancellor seems hell-bent on hitching our economy to the dirty energy infrastructure of the past. So here's what's topping my wish list on George's Big Day: let's put politics aside and have a cross party statement on the risk of climate change to the UK economy. What a sweet surprise that would be - and what true political leadership it would demonstrate.
I enjoy poking fun at politicians. It's good for them and keeps them on their toes. But I also acknowledge that we need them - honest, capable men and women who are prepared to put in long hours getting on with the kind of mind-numbingly tedious, detailed business of politics that would drive the rest of us to distraction.
In the past, voices calling for improved Sex Ed in schools have found themselves drowned out. But the debate is shifting because it's plain that a significant number of our kids are being let down. A step forward is long overdue. It's time to shake the sand from our ears, take a collective breath, and check our classroom compass. We must equip our kids them with the tools they need for life - keeping them ignorant puts them at risk. Our children deserve the very best education. And our teachers deserve the very best support in giving it to them.
Everywhere we look, young people can change the country for the better, but feel tempted not to try. There are reasons for this. Many young people feel abandoned by political parties, who they believe are chasing 'marginal' 'swing' votes or those from older sectors of society. Students feel abandoned by the Lib Dems, who broke their promise on tuition fees, the Conservatives, who never even made such a promise, and by the Labour Party, who introduced tuition fees in the first place. They look at their bank balances, and justifiably associate what they see with a political system which offers them nothing.