From left to right: Ruth Davidson, Sadiq Khan, and Frances O’Grady.
“I do not take my mandate from the European people”. These are the words of Cecilia Malmström, the European Union’s Commissioner for Trade, who is on the front line in negotiating the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, or TTIP for short. In an interview with a journalist from the Independent, Malmström responded to criticism of the secrecy surrounding the negotiations with the above quote, though she claims it was fabricated.
Ed Miliband has resigned. Nick Clegg has resigned. Nigel Farage has resigned. If the General Election were a gladiator-style battle, David Cameron would now be emerging from the arena, covered in his rivals’ blood to the shrill cheers of Daily Mail readers. That’s what this election felt like – a vicious attempt by all the parties to battle for Britain’s soul, with clearly varying degrees of success.
Millions did not vote in the last General Election. If they had, the results may have been dramatically different. The more people vote, the more Parliament represents the will of the people.
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The final televised political event before the election took place last night, as each of the three leaders faced questions from a live audience and host David Dimbleby. Frustratingly, Cameron, Miliband, and Clegg were all in the same building, but did not meet or speak face-to-face in front of the audience, and no cross-party debate actually took place. What follows is not a transcript of what took place, but a short assessment of each leader’s performance.