@ghostofsichuan (#8) - a cynical view but I have to agree with you. Still, my experience of the UK when compared to Africa is miles apart when it comes to care of and managing people with disabilities. Until people's attitudes actually change toward inclusion and acceptance of the disabled, nothing will really change.
Before the election this year I wrote an article on voter apathy in the UK. I would be curious to know if you have any data on voter turnout with respect to the 18-24 year olds? The sample that was surveyed above appear to be well-versed in current affairs which can only be a good thing for the UK going forward!
Having just returned from the US I was quite disturbed to see the campaigning against the mosque being built near the ground zero site. Depsite the fact that the presidency there had no choice but to allow it, the public have been brainwashed into believing that they did - and successfully so.
Palin's antics during the last election were embarrasingly covered internationally but despite this in the US for some reason, many people still love her and her all-out pro-American stance. My money is certainly on her being the Republic candidate (and I'm certainly not thrilled about that!)
If the winning party does not give a clear indication that this is their priority, rating agencies will certainly have a field day deciding by how much they should downgrade Britain's rating. The only option forward is to push ahead for growth.
With the exception perhaps of Nick Clegg's performance in the PM debate a few days back, the rhetoric has been far from convincing... mostly varying between things must change and too risky to change but without any real substance or conviction behind it. Lol maybe the electioneers should get the likes of John Higgins or Jose Mourinho as a sidekick during their speeches... bet that'll get the YouTube crowd interested!
Given the current level of voter apathy in Britain, I personally think the UK is well on its way to a hung parliament without any help. Ironically the same citizens that are so frustrated with the incumbents are likely to be the ones contributing to the hanging.
Steve, If you're concerned about culling any part of your coverage please don't stop the stream of short text updates - for those of us where video coverage is lousy or that are accessing the election coverage by mobile, updates on twitter on the like work really well. Having a summary page with outline facts and stats and would be most handy too.. thanks