There is little prospect that, in the short term, Scottish Labour's core vote will return to it from the SNP. A tactical vote for the party, whilst it may be effective in a small collection of seats, will be as futile as expecting Darth Vader to oversee the construction of a Death Star without a fundamental design flaw.
vWhat I'm trying to say is that some of the toughest times I can remember don't necessarily come hand-in-hand with negative memories. I also recall the amazing nurses that cared for me when I was in pot from toe to crotch, and getting excited about how much space there was to sign both my legs with permanent marker pen! The NHS were successful in making a big medical journey as fun and friendly as they possibly could, and I will always be grateful for that.
Last week a Tory council candidate disparagingly referred to Ed Miliband as 'the Jew', a UKIP MP referred to gay people as A** bandits and the prospect of Boris Johnson running the country was actually being seriously discussed. This week is election week and it is fair to say my loss of faith in the political system is at its highest.
Until the new government gets to grips with the care crisis and introduces more financial help for older people, it will be up to each of us to get the best deal possible. As more older people and their families realise that increasingly they are on their own and they are expected to pay for their care, then pressure will increase on government to sort out the mess.
Success and happiness cannot be measured but personal satisfaction in life and aspirations for the future can be. Think of all those things we said we wanted to be as children and how few of those involved fancy letters after our names? Very few and there's a reason for that - as children we don't see why they should matter, we dream big and freely and we refuse to be chained by societies expectations and views of what makes a successful person.
A vote for Labour, as even Russell Brand is now pointing out, is not the end of the process. It is the start of process whereby that old socialist principle - that people are the most valuable thing - can be given breathing space for the first time in many decades.
When you look at the submissions collectively, it becomes a struggle to frame us as 'politically apathetic'. We aren't just a cross in a box - we've got strong beliefs and passion. I honestly think that when it comes to the relationship between young women and our politicians, it really is a case of 'it's not me, it's you' - it's clear we've got the enthusiasm and ideas, so the question is, politicians, what are you going to do about it?
As the election veers towards the finishing line with all the pizazz of a wobbly egg and spoon race, our politicians' thespian talents are now firmly...
I do not know how evangelicals will vote in this election; a number of people I talk to have still not made up their minds. I have confidence, however, that evangelicals will play a significant part in the election. I have a still greater confidence that, in the years ahead, the role of evangelicals in the political process will be very significant indeed.
In my articles during the election campaign I've not suggested who to vote for, and that's been deliberate. I will tell you who I voted for last time though, and it'll be weird not doing so again this time... I voted for myself.
Has there ever been an election where housing (or the lack of it) has been so high on the agenda? There can be no questioning of the fact that the current young generations are having things much more difficult when it comes to affording homes whether it be owning them or renting them and whilst this is in general a national problem the issue is highly acute in London.
Labour's new argument that the SNP bluff has been called is a fallacy. Ed blusters he will not work with the SNP, and accuses them of threatening to bring a Labour minority Government down. Doesn't work. He's just kissed Scottish seats goodbye, by indicating they are no more than collateral damage. Keir Hardie and John Maclean would be turning in their graves.
Under our current 'First Past the Post' voting system, a lot of people feel like their votes won't count unless they vote to keep someone else out... Our voting system works against smaller parties and encourages 'tactical' voting - simply opting for a candidate with the best chance of winning.
The SNP have mastered campaigning in poetry, what I fear is their prose.
It is hardly surprising that people fear for the future of the NHS under the Tories... That is why Labour is committed to repealing David Cameron's NHS privatisation plans and putting the right values back at the heart of the health service.
Why don't we learn about this at school? Modern politics should be part of our learning as much as reading and writing. As it is, we've got to the point where an awful lot of teachers find it hard to answer questions on foreign policy or immigration. And then what hope is there?