This debate is interesting not only because it represents the prevailing cultures of the two main parties. It's also interesting because of the stark parallels between the mansion tax and the bedroom tax - a particularly tendentious Tory policy.
It's a vicious circle. Young people are increasingly depressed by their dwindling life prospects and they simply don't trust politicians. Meanwhile, their low voter turnout gives politicians little reason to gear significant pledges towards their prosperity.
I watched the TV leaders debate on Thursday from the "spin room" at Media City in Salford. It's well named. The messages and slogans, briefing counter-briefing came at me from all directions. It was like being locked in a washing machine.
There is still a major mismatch in power and public life. From Parliament, to Boards and from pay packets, to the polling station - too few women are in positions of power and too few female voices are heard.
It is certainly encouraging that the recent vilification of the SNP and, by association, the Scots in the English media has been shown to be utterly misguided. Top marks to the First Minister for achieving that, at least in the eyes of the general public.
Politicians in Britain continue to pledge ever greater tax funding, despite the evidence that systems funded by tax perform less well than those based on personal contribution.
Thursday night's debate was the first time we saw three women leaders on the line up debate for General Election 2015. We should be celebrating this progress.
At the League Against Cruel Sports, our key focus means that we know a lot about what goes on in the world of animal 'sport', much of it unsavoury, much of it hidden. Our own election manifesto therefore focuses on five issues that are key to reducing the suffering of animals, and we believe that many voters will share our concerns.
Creating strong identities for regions through outstanding tourism experiences can deliver a lot more than more visitors. A strong identity can provide soft power support for regions in their struggle for self-determination by building strong local economies.
Two long anticipated events draw closer this Easter - and the chance to remove this useless Tory government is just one of them. The other is parents' anxious wait to get their child into a good local primary school. In a crowded field it surely ranks as one of the most fraught experiences of parenting. With good reason too - evidence repeatedly shows how the first few years of education are absolutely crucial to life-long success. Eighty percent of the GCSE attainment gap - now rising under this Government - is already present by the age of seven.
As Labour MEP for one of the worst affected regions in the UK, I have made tackling youth unemployment a top priority and will do everything I can to ensure these issues are heard in the European Parliament.
This debate left me with one thought in mind: you need to go out and vote. Not because of the excellent performance of these politicians, but because we need people to go and select better politicians.
You see, controlling immigration isn't about race, or hatred, or prejudice. It's about doing the right thing - not just for our country, but for other countries as well. So you need not feel shame or indignation when you walk past a UKIP office.
Pay attention the snide, the slimy, the hypocritical, the duplicitous, the smarmy, the two faced, the egotistical, the lying, the greedy, the cheating...
The results are in. People with learning disabilities and their families have marked all 5 main political parties in England, based on whether they will defend the rights of people with learning disabilities in the future. It's good news for the Greens (81%), not bad for Labour (71%), terrible for the Conservatives (18%).
The closure of police stations and the demise of community policing will inevitably mean that the only contact the public will have with police officers will just be in stressful situations such as when they are the victims of crime, involved in an accident or indeed rebuked, reported or arrested. Police will be seen as remote, authority figures as is the case in so many countries. At present however, police retain the support of the public. Although politicians treat them as such, the public are not fools.