Actually there is one thing I want to comment about. The role of the Civil Service in GE-time.
The one thing that has bemused me in the last twenty years or so is the so-called neutrality of the Civil Service.
During elections, the government can call on the offices of state to fisk opposition policies -why?
Why should a political party be allowed to use the mechanisms of State to get themselves back into power?
Why should the taxpayer that may not even vote for them, pay the wages of the Civil Service just so it can do the sitting political party's election politics?
Surely from the moment of seeing the Queen, all researchers, press officers etc that are employed by the Crown (ie Us) should cease to be involved. If Labour want to fisk something then they should use their own staff, not ours.