By Steve Parkhurst, Senior Editor, USDR.
Looking at the news and opinion out of London each day.
In grandiose gesture, Labour leader unveils eight-foot limestone monolith to show his vows are “carved in stone”
Western leaders are staying away from this year’s Victory Day, which mourns the loss of 20 million Russians who died to defeat Nazi Germany
The Conservatives have seen the choice for the election as a simple one. Do you want the Conservative team to continue, who have presided over a decent recovery, with 2 million new jobs and now rising real incomes? Or do you want to hand the keys back to the people who crashed the car in the first place? Labour in its last period in government put up unemployment and brought down real incomes with a jolt.
Telegraph View: Labour offers socialism and chaotic government. David Cameron wants to build a strong future with common sense policies. We would urge our readers to back the Tories in this election
There is only one way to deliver the things that matter – and that’s with a strong economy
Ukip has four key target seats in Essex and Kent it hopes to win on Thursday. In order of likelihood of victory, Clacton, Rochester & Strood, South Thanet and Thurrock are the constituencies to watch on election night. I visited three of these seats yesterday, to find out how each of the candidates are feeling about the impending election, as well as their predictions of how well Ukip will do.
The Labour leader has commissioned an eight foot limestone monument to his own manifesto, to be erected in Downing Street. No, really.
The Tories’ election campaign has been far from flawless, yet Ed Miliband’s flirtation with the politics of the hard Left will surely see him undone
The Prime Minister showed his fighting spirit during the Question Time interrogation – but has it come too late?
If Cameron loses on 7 May, those who can least afford it will suffer most.
Telegraph View: Conservative welfare reforms are popular with the public, yet the Tories won’t trumpet them. They might think they are playing it safe – but they are actually missing a big opportunity
The manifestos of a potential ‘progressive alliance’ pose a profound threat to the countryside
Will London notice who wins the election? I only ask since this week we’ve been reminded again of some of the daily problems facing Londoners, to which no campaign-trail politician has offered solutions.
Today, he is flirting with the language of the left. In 2013, a wiser Boris argued the very opposite.
As election day nears, the number of polls appearing is rapidly increasing. But it still remains very tight and the movements are generally within the margin of error. But there is one trend emerging from the handful of polls released in the last few days: the Tories are stable on 35 per cent and ahead of Labour.
A new think tank report on empty homes proposes a plan to get them back on the market. But the situation is not as simple as it appears
Plus: The CCHQ charm school. Disgraceful Livingstone. Untruthful Clegg. Nasty Russell Brand. Where I’ll be on election night. And: Advice to candidates for the count.
The anti-Miliband media campaign is just getting into its stride
She knows how to “swim her own race” – and, at a local level, is part of the anti-politics movement.
Because of the broadcaster’s arrogant attitude, its journalism is being reduced to the lowest common denominator
Lyndon Johnson’s first lesson of politics was to be able to count. It’s something that many of those commenting on the various post-election scenarios could do with remembering. Let’s start with those who think that there is some overriding importance in being the largest single party and that this gives you the right to form a government, even if you lack a majority. It is never clear what people expect the other parties to do in such a scenario.
Dominating the election is the shadow of the outsider: the migrant, nationalist or refugee
In the heady days of the AV referendum, some claimed compromise was what excited voters. Try arguing that now.
In place of facing hard truths, our leaders offer unaffordable and undeliverable promises
David Cameron continues his anti-SNP campaign today, launching what theTimes calls his ‘strongest attack so far’ on a Labour-SNP government. The Prime Minister tells the paper that there are ‘ten days to save the United Kingdom’, which is an echo of Tony Blair’s ‘24 hours to save the NHS’ and William Hague’s less successful ‘last chance to save the pound’.
Even if Cameron has given a little glimpse of his inner Netanyahu, Miliband displays all the pragmatism of Salvador Allende.
All you need to know about what’s going on. And some things you don’t
Tim Stanley went to Sheffield Hallam and discovered exactly why the Liberal Democrats are being torn to shreds
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