by Stephen Tall on April 19, 2010
Pushed for time, but want to keep up-to-date with how the campaign’s going? Here are today’s must-reads …
Election 2010 could be the death knell for first past the post (Lewis Baston, Guardian)
The electoral system could not survive a perverse outcome in which the first party comes third and the third party comes first – or one in which the second-placed party has an overall majority, despite the support of fewer than one voter in three. Either case would make Florida in 2000 look like a model of democracy. There would be a justified crisis of confidence in a political system that had produced such a travesty.
“The Tories ignored us here last time and got a nasty shock,” says Sal Brinton, the Liberal Democrat candidate, who almost doubled her party’s share of the vote in 2005. She pushed the Conservative candidate into third in a seat held by Tristan Garel-Jones, Margaret Thatcher’s Mr Fixit, for 18 years before retiring in 1997. The town was Clegg’s first stop when the election was called.
Brinton’s literature hammers home her claim that the Tories “can’t win here” because they have been reduced to four seats on the two local councils, Watford and Three Rivers. In contrast the Lib Dems have 40, plus Dorothy Thornhill, the town’s popular elected mayor who is seeking a third term on 6 May.
Who’s to blame for David Cameron’s TV nightmare? (Andrew Pierce, Daily Mail)
It’s a political miscalculation so monumental that it’s even being compared to Neil Kinnock bellowing ‘we’re all right’, days before he lost the 1992 general election. So who on earth was to blame for allowing David Cameron to share a TV platform alongside Nick Clegg? … Step forward Andy Coulson, the Party’s director of communications and former editor of the News of the World. … many Tories are now wondering why such a handsomely rewarded adviser failed to spot the obvious dangers of agreeing to the LibDems’ demands that Clegg should have equal status in all three debates.
These are the three pieces which caught my eye – which are the obvious ones I’ve missed? Let us know in the comments thread.