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The Election Clock

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Brownsday ClockEvery day we're asking our team of experts to tell us how close we are to a general election .

The closer the hands on our 'Brownsday' clock are to midnight, the more likely it is that Gordon Brown is about to name the day.


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 Ashley and D'Ancona make their Tuesday election predictions.

Psephologist John Curtise analyses the situation on thursday.

Jackie Ashley weighs up Brown's options on Friday


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Guardian columnist Jackie AshleyJackie Ashley
"Still an agonising decision but a number of factors, not least the Chancellor saying the economy is slowing and Bill Clinton's guru Mark Penn advising against an election, may help tip the balance."

John Curtice, Professor of government at Strathclyde UniversityJohn Curtice
"Labour may still be making preparations to call an election , but it needs to an increased lead in Sunday's polls if the gamble is to be worth taking."

Matthew D'Ancona, Editor of the Spectator MagazineMatthew D'Ancona
"The polls today will have drained the colour from Brown's face: he'll be wishing he'd never set the whole thing rolling now."

Labour MP Peter KilfoylePeter Kilfoyle MP
"Even the BBC is downplaying the chances of an election,placing it in the main news after a story about itself and the Queen; an item on Prince William and the paparazzi; and one on the Burmese junta. Not quite the headlines of the last week."


Former Conservative frontbencher Michael PortilloMichael Portillo
"Gordon Brown is in a bind. Going forward is risky and he's likely to prefer egg on the face."


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