Bruce Forsyth and some other highlights

Election 2010: Guffwatch!

Highlights so far. The main one has to be that absolutely excruciating moment when Bruce Forsyth tried to rally a 1985-style BBC boat party into a "To see you NICE" chant. The horror, the horror.

Otherwise let's take a long, hard, analytical look, not at the exit polls but at the . . . BBC coverage! Yes, indeed. First there was a surge of soundtracked strings, à la Hollywood. Then good old David Dimbleby, holding the proverbial ship together as the sound failed all around him, and then, at last, Paxo with his trio of party spokespeople and an odd time-lagged interview with Alan Johnson that made it sound like an awkward conversation between two teenagers hoping for a first date.

But in conclusion. Go, Bridget Phillipson! Sunderland, in the bonkers race to be first, seemed almost to trip over itself with all its bouncing students carrying ballot boxes. But they made it in the end. And if no one else who you like wins for the rest of the night, just think of the election officials of Houghton and Sunderland South, counting those votes quicker than anyone else. Yessss!

Sophie Elmhirst is features editor of the New Statesman

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Word of the week: Michellania


Each week The Staggers will pick a new word to describe our uncharted political and socioeconomic territory. 

After brash Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump paraded his family at the national convention, the word of the week is:

Michellania (n)

A speech made of words and phrases gathered from different sources, such as Michelle Obama speeches and Rick Astley lyrics.

Usage: 

"I listened hard, but all I heard was michellania."

"Can you really tell the difference between all this michellania?"

"This michellania - you couldn't make it up."

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