Chris Gilson takes a look at political blogs up to election day.
Sunny H at Liberal Conspiracy agrees with the Guardian’s support for the Lib Dems, but Will Heaven at the Telegraph is unsure as to why the Guardian has taken this step. Jeff at SNP Tactical Voting thinks that boredom is fuelling votes for the Lib Dems. Tim Montegomerie at ConservativeHome is upbeat about the chance of a Conservative majority. Mike Smithson at politicalbetting.com has an interesting insight into Clegg/Brown – their alma mater may rule them out of the premiership..
Peter Wrigley at Keynesian Liberal watched the Brown/Paxman interview, and isn’t taken with Paxman’s “bullying” manner.
Sholto Byrnes at The Staggers looks at whether or not postal workers are obliged to deliver BNP leaflets if they don’t want to, and Renard Sexton of 538.com, guest blogging at Liberal Conspiracy, took a look at the Lib Dems’ strategy and their chances for gaining seats.
Mike Smithson at politicalbetting.com has an impressive guide to constituency declaration times and which ones to watch out for. Alistair Campbell looked at Tory momentum, but points to their steady erosion in the polls; Benedict Brogan at The Telegraph addressed this apparent Tory complacency – saying Cameron does not yet feel ‘over the line’.
Jonathan Isaby at ConservativeHome revels in David Cameron’s plans to ‘go-it-alone’ in a minority government, and without Liberal Democrat support, if need be. Gary Gibbon at Snowblog had further analysis on this. Peter Wrigley at Keynesian Liberal thinks UK governments need more time to transition into office after elections.
Tactical voting is the talk of today, with Ed Balls making an announcement supporting it in the morning. Iain Dale says it’s ‘hypocrisy’, and is sceptical of Lib Dem ‘hubris’ on this. Guido finds a Labour PPC who isn’t too fond of Gordon Brown.
Mike Smithson at politicalbetting.com says the current bets are on no overall majority for Friday; but Paul Waugh at The Evening Standard is confident in a Tory minority government’s ability to make changes without either legislation or Lib Dem support. Lewis Baston at Guardian Politics discusses on similar lines, as does Stuart White at Next Left. Daniel Korski at Coffee House is a fan of an ‘economic coalition’, with responsibility for cuts being shared between the parties.
Sunder Katwala at Next Left is incredulous at the Tories’ apparent plans to subvert constitutional conventions to push forward a possible minority government.
Alistair Campbell introduces Labour’s latest party election broadcast, featuring Ross Kemp. Kerry at Shot from Both Sides asks ‘where have all the Green Tories gone? Liberal Conspiracy looked at an anti-Tory campaign based aimed at their desire to overturn the ban, and George Eaton at The Staggers recommends that the Tories get a proof-reader. Jon Snow is missing David Cameron.
Kenneth Rose at The Telegraph says that the Queen is well-equipped to deal with a hung parliament situation, but Sunder Katwala at Next Left says that Tory plans to ram through a minority government are ‘unconstitutional’.
Peter Wrigley at Keynesian Liberal is critical of postal voting, and Jon Snow looks at undecided voters. Mike Smithson at politicalbetting.com is putting his money on a hung parliament. Left Foot Forward looks at the ‘class of 2010’ (via the ippr).
Liberal Conspiracy looks at a Barking BNP ‘false flag’ leaflet campaign, while Jeff at SNP Tactical Voting wonders about the future, and Damian Thompson at The Telegraph has some handy numbers; 300, 200 and 100.