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On occasions I've used political comedy The Thick of It as a point of reference for blogposts.

But isn't real life better than fiction? All general elections need a gaffe, and now we have one of momumental proportions.

Not even Armando Ianucci's creation has yet delivered anything like Brown's gaffe - getting caught on mic calling core Labour voter Gillian Duffy a bigoted woman.

It was like griping comedy sketch that played out live on 24 hour news.

comecleacolingrab.jpgThe Liverpool Labour party are racheting up the pressure on Liberal Democrat parliamentary hopeful for Liverpool Wavertree Colin Eldridge with the launch of a new website.

ComeCleanColin.co.uk says it aims "bring you the stories Mr Eldridge doesn't want you to see. We will expose this man for his hypocrisy, double standards and dishonesty to you, the electorate.

"You can let us know if you have any more experiences of the man from Bristol, and we'll challenge him to come clean."

But the Lib-Dems have dismissed the professional looking site, which has a companion Twitter feed and Facebook site as desperate.

Tom Morrison, Eldridge's election agent, said: "This is a desperate attempt at smearing the Liberal Democrat candidate. The Labour Party are clearly running scared."

discovery.jpgPicture the scene. I'm driving Islington yesterday and notice in front of me a big Land Rover Discovery.

It's all black with tinted windows. Then I notice the number plate EU06 0UT.

At the next set of lights I pull up and there is none other than UKIP MEP Paul Nuttall in the driving seat.

So while Liberal Democrat Colin Eldridge wears his parliamentary ambition on his sleeves, Mr Nuttall displays his politics on his plate.

For those interested there will be a leaders' debate party at Pan Am at the Albert Dock tomorrow night.

Last week's party at Hannah's Bar proved to be a great success, and I can fully recommend this week's.

Margin of error are not words your likely to hear many people talking about today.

But if we're honest the margin of error in polling means that last night's TV debate was essentially a score draw between the three leaders, all on somewhere near 30 per cent, give or take a little.

Nick Clegg had to prove that last week's performance was not a flash in the pan. And he did that persuasively and well.

As with many good ideas that come out of America tomorrow will see a number of leaders debates parties held across the country.

In Liverpool one has been set up at Hannah's Bar and promises to be the place to watch the debate and discuss the outcome.

Read more about the party HERE.

All eyes will of course be on Nick Clegg.

General and local elections count for nothing (pardon the pun here) if the counting of ballots is not done properly or effectively.

But when the same elections are on the same day it presents some problems for councils in charge of overseeing democracy.

Rightly Liverpool Council's chief executive Colin Hilton has decided the general election must take precedence and votes for the city's five constituencies will start being counted on the night.

I'm almost tired of writing about how important the internet was supposed to be to this general election.

But it is the truth. Just as it is important for campaigning and keeping the grassroots on message, etc, etc, it can also be a source of great embarrassment.

Cue yesterday's story about Liberal Democrat candidate for Liverpool Wavertree Colin Eldridge's internet guru the ironically named Adam Webb.


The internet was supposed to be one of the key battlegrounds in the general election with numerous viral campaigns alraedy underway.

Liverpool PR agency Aurora Media, formerly October Communications, has decided to get in on the act with this poster.

You would have thought that all Liberal Democrats would be delighted with the televised leaders debates after Nick Clegg's performance that has seen the party soar in the polls.

But their parliamentary candidate for Garston and Halewood Paula Keaveney believes they are bad for democracy.

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David Bartlett

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