Coffee, a campervan and some election manifestos

David Cornock with Michael Clague, Valerie Livingston and Jodie Tunnon
David Cornock with the Wales Today manifesto panel Michael Clague, Valerie Livingston and Jodie Tunnon at Applejack's in Cardiff

I've spent a lot of time in Cardiff's cafes during the last few days - purely in the line of duty, you understand.

I've been chairing a panel of three looking at the political party's election manifestos.

Here are a few things we learned:

1. Everyone is in favour of "fair funding" but no-one agrees on what it means. In one manifesto, the Conservatives say it depends on there being a referendum on Wales gaining income tax powers; in another manifesto, they say it doesn't.

2. Parties that say they will balance the books are still reluctant to set out where they would cut spending or increase taxes.

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Manifesto muddies the clear blue water over funding

David Cameron and Nick Clegg
David Cameron and Nick Clegg in happier times.

It left their Liberal Democrat coalition partners spluttering on their home-made muesli.

Tuesday's Conservative manifesto promise on Welsh funding will have surprised a few Conservatives too.

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Lord Barnett's formula acquires a new floor every day

Lords Barnett
Lord (Joel) Barnett, whose spending formula remains controversial after his death

Three questions for you. Who's in favour of fair funding?

Yes, I thought so. Ok, so who's in favour of unfair funding? I thought so.

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Attacks on candidate 'deliberate smear', says leader

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood with candidate Mike Parker
Leanne Wood says Mike Parker is "an excellent candidate"

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood was a guest on Jason Mohammad's Radio Wales show on Thursday.

She told listeners she had had "a staggering response" since last week's seven-way leaders' debate with tourists from England telling her they wished they could vote for a similar party.

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The PM visits Wales: the great Cameron bake-off

I've spent much of today in a brewery with David Cameron. You can fill in your own punchline.

The prime minister visited S A Brain and Co as part of a one-day tour of the UK's four nations. He and his wife Samantha sampled a glass of Brains Black and baked a pie each. You may catch the pictures on the television news tonight.

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Young shavers, social media and a newspaper's manifesto

What do you want from what the young people on Twitter refer to as #GE2015?

If you're a Daily Post reader, the chances are that you'd like to see, among other things, "radically better health care, better roads and and more money for schools".

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Politician survives kitchen encounter with camera

Nick Clegg's battlebus
Nick Clegg's battlebus

It's been compared to a box of cream crackers on wheels and those travelling inside say it's like a giant yellow cocoon.

Nick Clegg's battlebus was hard to miss this afternoon when it arrived - in the middle of the road, naturally - at a Panasonic factory in Cardiff.

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Taking the pledge but are Labour on message?

Welsh Labour Party's pledge card
Welsh Labour's pledge card

There's one thing the political parties agree on.

This is, said shadow Welsh Secretary Owen Smith, "the most important general election for a generation".

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Westminster five limber up for campaign trail

MPs running
MPs - including Alun Cairns (second left) - who are running this year's Virgin Money London marathon

It's a marathon, not a sprint - and that's just the general election.

Five MPs from the current parliament who are running next month's London marathon got their kit on this morning for the benefit of the cameras at Westminster.

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Coalition tensions over Welsh funding deal

Nick Clegg and Kirsty Williams
Nick Clegg and Kirsty Williams

Who blocked an attempt by the coalition to tie a new funding deal for the Welsh government with a commitment to hold a referendum on income tax powers?

The leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, Kirsty Williams, says it was she - and that it was the Lib Dems' coalition partners who insisted on the explicit link.

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