Election 2010 Lookahead: Saturday 17 April

The who, when and where of the campaign.

There are 19 days to go. Count them:

Labour

Gordon Brown visits Milton Keynes today hoping to bolster support North and South. Both are newly drawn constituencies, both are notionally marginal, and both the Conservatives hope to win from Labour on the way to securing an overall majority.

Conservatives

The Tories are out in force in south west London this morning, a much quieter south west London as there will be no planes flying in and out of Heathrow. Shadow London Minister Justine Greening and Richmond Park PPC Zac Goldsmith will be canvassing near Richmond Town Hall (11am). Greening then meets Twickenham candidate Scott Seaman-Digby at Hayes Town Bandstand street stall (1.30pm), and Hammersmith PPC Shaun Bailey (3pm). Meanwhile, Shadow Transport Secretary Theresa Villiers meets Ealing Central and Action PPC Angie Bray and Brentford and Isleworth PPC Mary Macleod at Turnham Green (11.30am).

Liberal Democrats

According to this morning's YouGov/Sun poll Nick Clegg's Lib Dems have overtaken Labour. Perhaps that's why they've got nothing planned today. Or at least why they can't be bothered to share their plans with us.

The media

Former New Statesman editor Anthony Howard looks at election days past as covered by television (Archive on 4, Radio 4, 8pm). And if you thought the leaders' debates was the only talent show in town, then you reckoned without the return of Britain's Got Talent which returns for a fourth series tonight on ITV (8pm).

Away from the campaign

It's blues versus reds in the Premier League today as Manchester City take on Manchester United at the Eastlands Stadium, Manchester. (12.45pm).

 

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Appreciate the full horror of Nigel Farage's pro-Trump speech

The former Ukip leader has appeared at a Donald Trump rally. It went exactly as you would expect.

It is with a heavy heart that I must announce Nigel Farage is at it again.

The on-again, off-again Ukip leader and current Member of the European Parliament has appeared at a Donald Trump rally to lend his support to the presidential candidate.

It was, predictably, distressing.

Farage started by telling his American audience why they, like he, should be positive.

"I come to you from the United Kingdom"

Okay, good start. Undeniably true.

"– with a message of hope –

Again, probably quite true.

Image: Clearly hopeful (Wikipedia Screenshot)

– and optimism.”

Ah.

Image: Nigel Farage in front of a poster showing immigrants who are definitely not European (Getty)

He continues: “If the little people, if the real people–”

Wait, what?

Why is Trump nodding sagely at this?

The little people?

Image: It's a plane with the name Trump on it (Wikimedia Commons)

THE LITTLE PEOPLE?

Image: It's the word Trump on the side of a skyscraper I can't cope with this (Pixel)

THE ONLY LITTLE PERSON CLOSE TO TRUMP IS RIDING A MASSIVE STUFFED LION

Image: I don't even know what to tell you. It's Trump and his wife and a child riding a stuffed lion. 

IN A PENTHOUSE

A PENTHOUSE WHICH LOOKS LIKE LIBERACE WAS LET LOOSE WITH THE GILT ON DAY FIVE OF A PARTICULARLY BAD BENDER

Image: So much gold. Just gold, everywhere.

HIS WIFE HAS SO MANY BAGS SHE HAS TO EMPLOY A BAG MAN TO CARRY THEM

Image: I did not even know there were so many styles of Louis Vuitton, and my dentists has a lot of old copies of Vogue.

Anyway. Back to Farage, who is telling the little people that they can win "against the forces of global corporatism".

 

Image: Aaaaarggghhhh (Wikipedia Screenshot)

Ugh. Okay. What next? Oh god, he's telling them they can have a Brexit moment.

“... you can beat Washington...”

“... if enough decent people...”

“...are prepared to stand up against the establishment”

Image: A screenshot from Donald Trump's Wikipedia page.

I think I need a lie down.

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