Three-minute election: Can any party bring down the deficit? – video

Guardian columnists Jonathan Freedland and Aditya Chakrabortty discuss the un-discussable issue of the campaign. Never mind Nigel Farage's have-a-laugh Ukip manifesto – the most significant story this week is the warning from the International Monetary Fund that Britain's deficit will not be reduced in the next decade. But does the IMF's intervention have any political kick – or is it a damning verdict on the prospectus of all three main political parties? Continue reading...

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Three-minute election: Has this Tory manifesto disappeared off into the realms of fantasy? – video

Guardian columnists Jonathan Freedland and Polly Toynbee discuss the Tories' manifesto launch. After a bad week, has David Cameron got it right on issues such as free childcare and a tax-free minimum wage? Or are the Conservatives trying too hard to pretend they're another party? Is the party back on secure terrain – or is this clever politics, rotten economics and a cheat of a policy? Continue reading...

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Three-minute election: The moment Ed Miliband grew up – video

Guardian columnists Jonathan Freedland and Hugh Muir discuss Labour's manifesto launch. We may have seen a more grown-up Ed Miliband – but did Labour's big day get off to a dispiriting start? Are Labour's manifesto promises enough to attract voters tempted by the SNP or the Greens? And even if Labour's pledges are effective in their election campaign, would they work in government? Continue reading...

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The Tories’ wobble shows they don’t know how to fight Ed Miliband

Why do they always wobble on a Thursday? In 1987, the Conservative campaign was rocked by a poll, published on a Thursday, that showed the Tory lead over Labour down to a meagre four points. For the first time, Margaret Thatcher thought she might actually lose. Watching was an aide, Michael Dobbs, who would later write the television drama House of Cards. “She was more than furious. She was almost frothing,” he recalled, describing the day that is forever carved into the Tory annals as Wobbly Thursday.

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