Election 2015: It wasn't meant to be like this

David Cameron (l) and Ed Miliband

This isn't how this election was meant to go.

It's been marked by the lack of confidence felt by our political leaders rooted in the overwhelming lack of trust felt by most voters.

Why else would David Cameron promise to pass a law - not mentioned in his own manifesto - which would stop himself putting up taxes he's long pledged not to raise?

Why else would Ed Miliband resort to "carving in stone" pledges so broad and so general that it would be almost impossible to judge whether they've ever been broken?

Why else would we see the relentless political cross-dressing as the Tories promised to become the party of the workers and Labour the party of economic responsibility?

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Election 2015: And the winner is? Er…

David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband

By 10 o'clock on Thursday evening the people will have spoken but the questions which will then follow look likely to be - "What on earth did they mean by that? Who actually won? Who has the right to govern?"

Unless the polls are wrong - which they very well might be - and unless there is a late switch in opinion - which there still could be - most players and pundits are now expecting an election that is too close to call and may produce a result which could allow for either David Cameron or Ed Miliband to become prime minister.

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Election 2015: Would a Tory government create chaos?

Instability, uncertainty, chaos. Could those words - used again and again by David Cameron to describe the prospect of a minority Labour government propped up by the SNP - apply to a minority Tory government riven by divisions about Europe?

That's a question I put to the prime minister.

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Question Time - Miliband stumbles, Cameron dodges

Leaders

Was this the night Ed Miliband stumbled? Not just when he briefly lost his footing as he left the Question Time stage but also in the minutes before when he came under repeated fire about Labour's record on spending and borrowing from a tough crowd of sceptical Yorkshire men and women?

The Labour leader said nothing he has not said repeatedly before - explaining his view that the deficit resulted from the financial crash and not from over spending by the last Labour government. He gave no new hostages to fortune but it was, nevertheless, the toughest ride he's faced in this campaign.

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Election 2015: Read my lips… no new taxes

President George Bush in 1989

History is littered with politicians promising - or appearing to promise - that they can re-write the rules of economics and then being forced to gag on their own words.

It's not that these leaders are fools - far from it.

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Election 2015: When will it all be over?

Don't worry. Not long to go. The election that never seems to end will be over by next Friday… or maybe it won't.

On the morning after the night before, you might imagine that you won't have to hear from that seemingly endless parade of political leaders anymore but, and I'm sorry to have to break this news to you, you may be wrong. Very wrong.

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Election - Forget the stats, focus on the big choice

Generic graph

Forget the dizzying list of stats - the millions, billions and percentages - for just a moment.

Forget those clever folk at the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

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Election 2015: The power of the woman who isn't even running

Nicola Sturgeon

Something truly extraordinary happened this morning.

A woman who is not even a candidate in this election; whose party is running in just one of the four nations and which, even if it does as spectacularly well as some polls suggest, would have just one in 13 MPs in Westminster pledged to build not just a "stronger Scotland" but a "better and more progressive politics for everyone" in the UK.

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Election 2015: Debate - The Ed v Nicola Show (part two)

Ed Miliband

On the morning after the debate before, it is clear the election is increasingly being defined by two competing narratives.

On the one hand Ed Miliband is slowly and steadily introducing himself to voters as a potential prime minister.

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Debate - The Ed v Nicola Show

BBC debate

Some thought David Cameron would pay a heavy price for not turning up for tonight's debate. Certainly there are voters who will be angry that the prime minister refused to take part in more than one debate.

Clearly he missed a chance to make the Tory case and left the stage free to his opponents. Finally, Ed Miliband was able to challenge his opponent to have the courage to debate with him head-to-head.

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