In the absence of a proportional voting system, in the UK, the voters with real power to choose the government are those who live in marginal constituencies, and these are who the main parties and media focus on.
David Cameron’s ‘maximum wage’ could affect around 200 people (possibly)
A few weeks ago I argued on BBC1’s Big Questions for a ‘maximum wage’ – a link between the lowest paid workers and the highest paid, to tackle inequality. The idea has been proposed by the New Economics Foundation.
'Efficiency savings'? This row is about people, not numbers
The row over the proposed National Insurance increase has continued today, which some are interpreting as small change. It is true that £6 billion isn’t very much compared to the overall annual Government budget of hundreds of billions.
What has become lost in the row - and is symptomatic of a much wider problem with many election issues - is that this is about people’s lives. To put things in a different perspective, £6 billion is also what it costs to employ 300,000 people a year on £20,000.
The Electoral Reform Society (ERS) have produced a fantastic tool which will highlight how the big party leaders will be spending their time this election - targeting a very small number of marginal seats. It will be very revealing about where their values lie.
Michael Caine: 'Self-Preservation Society' or 'Big Society' ?
The Tories brought out Michael Caine to their press conference this morning alongside David Cameron, which raises serious questions about the extent to which they believe 'we are all in this together'.
What message does this send? As well as showing how willing some parties are to embrace the cult of celebrity, it also shows how Cameron (and Caine) are reluctant to tackle the issue of growing inequality. This seems to be more about the 'Self-Preservation Society' than the 'Big Society'.
Gordon Brown’s heckler ‘shouts at the world’, Murdoch, Mail and calls George Osborne a ‘slimeball’
So we have the first heckle of the election campaign. Ben Butterworth (@benbutterworth) shouted at Gordon Brown this afternoon and then proudly tweeted: “might be in the news later chasing Gordon Brown to his limo asking why I couldn't get my boy into a decent state school. He didn't answer.”