Election 2010 Lookahead: Monday 26 April

The who, when and where of the campaign.

With just 10 days to go until the general election, here are today's movements:

Labour

Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families Ed Balls gives a speech this morning at the UNISON schools seminar, where he is expected to lay out Labour's education plans (11am). Also speaking is the union's general secretary Dave Prentis (10:00am).

As parties seek to shore up the green vote, Ed Miliband debates the environment with his opposite numbers on The Daily Politics this afternoon (2.15pm; see below).

Elsewhere, Secretary of State for Defence Bob Ainsworth will set out "A Labour Party View of UK Defence Policy" at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in Whitehall (1pm).

 

Conservatives

After a bad start to the day for Michael Gove, with the shadow education secretary having his plans for parent and charity-run "free schools" criticised by Kent County Council Paul Carter, the Tories are seeking to regain some momentum with a question and answer session at their headquarters in Millbank (8.30am).

David Cameron has been repeating his opposition to electoral reform, and said that the Liberal Democrats are in a "complete muddle" about the possibility of a hung parliament. Elsewhere, Milband's shadow Greg Clark is talking on The Daily Politics a little later in Millbank (2.15pm; see below).

 

Liberal Democrats

Leader Nick Clegg has been speaking in Edinburgh this morning, where he reiterated yesterday's statement that he would not prop up Gordon Brown in a coalition if Labour came third in the number of voters (7.30am).

 

Other parties

Scottish First Minister and SNP leader Alex Salmond joins actress and comedienne Elaine C. Smith and local SNP candidate Richard Thomson for a public question and answer session at Inverurie Town Hall in Aberdeenshire. Also features local SNP candidate Richard Thomson.

With the day's focus firmly on the environment, the Green Party's parliamentary candidate for Lewisham Deptford Darren Johnson is on The Daily Politics debating opponents from the three main parties (2.15pm; see below).

 

The media

BBC2's The Daily Politics continues its live election debates with a debate on the environment between Ed Miliband for Labour, Greg Clark for the Conservatives, Simon Hughes for the Lib Dems and Darren Johnson for the Greens. They are cross-examined by Andrew Neil and Newsnight's Justin Rowlatt (2.15pm).

Over at ITV1 Scotland tonight, Bernard Ponsonby questions David Mundell of the Conservatives in Election Face to Face (10.45pm).

 

Away from the campaign

After having his World Cup dreams defeated by his achilles tendon, David Beckham appears on ABC's Emmy Award-winning daytime talkshow The View alongside hosts Barbara Walters and Whoopi Goldberg in one of the strangest line-ups of the modern era (11pm).

 

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Donald Trump vs Barack Obama: How the inauguration speeches compared

We compared the two presidents on trade, foreign affairs and climate change – so you (really, really) don't have to.

After watching Donald Trump's inaugural address, what better way to get rid of the last few dregs of hope than by comparing what he said with Barack Obama's address from 2009? 

Both thanked the previous President, with Trump calling the Obamas "magnificent", and pledged to reform Washington, but the comparison ended there. 

Here is what each of them said: 

On American jobs

Obama:

The state of our economy calls for action, bold and swift.  And we will act, not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth.  We will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together.  We'll restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology's wonders to raise health care's quality and lower its cost.  We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories.  And we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age.

Trump:

For many decades we've enriched foreign industry at the expense of American industry, subsidized the armies of other countries while allowing for the very sad depletion of our military.

One by one, the factories shuttered and left our shores with not even a thought about the millions and millions of American workers that were left behind.

Obama had a plan for growth. Trump just blames the rest of the world...

On global warming

Obama:

With old friends and former foes, we'll work tirelessly to lessen the nuclear threat, and roll back the specter of a warming planet.

Trump:

On the Middle East:

Obama:

To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect. To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society's ills on the West, know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy. 

Trump:

We will re-enforce old alliances and form new ones and unite the civilized world against radical Islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the earth.

On “greatness”

Obama:

In reaffirming the greatness of our nation we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned.

Trump:

America will start winning again, winning like never before.

 

On trade

Obama:

This is the journey we continue today.  We remain the most prosperous, powerful nation on Earth.  Our workers are no less productive than when this crisis began.  Our minds are no less inventive, our goods and services no less needed than they were last week, or last month, or last year.  Our capacity remains undiminished.  

Trump:

We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our product, stealing our companies and destroying our jobs.

Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength. I will fight for you with every breath in my body, and I will never ever let you down.

Stephanie Boland is digital assistant at the New Statesman. She tweets at @stephanieboland