While David Cameron rushes through the glitzy world of manifesto launches and pre-election speeches, he may be thankful that there have been few questions about his party's strategy in Northern Ireland. Yet a dispute over who's backing whom in the constituency of Fermanagh and South Tyrone highlights both the problems of the Tories' approach and the absurdities of the current electoral system.
The first week of the Conservative Party's election campaign has reminded me of the series of books entitled Where's Wally?, in which readers are challenged to search for a glimpse of an individual who has been made almost invisible. Since the Shadow Home Secretary, Chris Grayling, was recorded attacking the rights of same-sex couples, the Tories have kept him in the background, despite his senior position in their party.
The Jubilee Debt Campaign (JDC) has warned that there are only hours left to save the Vulture Funds Bill, which was held up last week after an isolated Tory MP resisted the cross-party support for the measure.