Jill Segger's blog

A progressive majority says "enough"

On the day after the morning after the night before, the only certainty is that Britain's electoral map is in an entirely unprecedented condition.

In praise of political activists and families

As polling gets under way and the exhausted leadership candidates return to their constituencies and their families, it is a good time to reflect on political activists and on families.

Confrontational brutality impoverishes our common life

The binary fabric of our politics may have been stretched by the resurgence of the Lib Dems and by general dissatisfaction with, and creative responses to, the “old politics” model But there remains an almost Manichaean strand of seeking right/wrong; black/white; good/bad in our political discourse to the exclusion of all that is thoughtful and gracious.

Leaders' debates are here to stay

Gordon Brown's nightmare in Rochdale seems to have had little effect on the standing of the three big parties.

A proportional voting system will give us better candidates

Three candidates have been suspended by their central parties during this election campaign.

Leaders' debate offers little change

A YouGov poll taken immediately after tonight's leaders' debate shows David Cameron to be the 'winner' on 36 per cent, Nick Clegg second with 32 per cent and Gordon Brown on 29 per cent.

Confusion and doublethink

Try out these two statements: Britain “has an electoral system that really works”. “Vote Clegg, get Brown”

Semi-truths told with bad intent

Nick met a nurse, Gordon met a cancer patient, Dave met a black man from Plymouth. The leaders' eagerness to demonstrate how in touch they are with 'real people' and to use them in the popularity stakes is a little toe-curling, even when the accounts are accurate. But the three anecdotal encounters which David Cameron used during last week's debate have unravelled to his detriment and to the further alienation of an already cynical electorate.

Leaders' debate more about impressions than policies

One down and two to go. Tonight's groundbreaking debate between the three main party leaders was always going to be more about impressions than about policy.