Top Eight Election Highlights
Forget the history books, here are our top eight most memorable election highlights.
The 2015 General Election left us all a little underwhelmed during the short campaign. The gridlock in policies and polling meant each party stuck solidly to their tried and tested messages. That said, here is our top eight memorable moments:
1. Polls, polls, polls
Unlike never before, opinion polls from the ever increasing number of agencies dominated headlines but the result has significantly undermined our trust in them for future. There are a lot of pollsters back peddling and questioning methodologies this morning.
2. Debates (lots of them)
The public and media wanted a debate – what we got was a set of debates planned by committee. They came in many formats and all were underwhelming. Either a shouting competition with too many people or Q&As with the public with no real head-to-head exchanges – the debates lacked the energy of 2010.
3. Russell Brand
A true Marmite character, Russell Brand’s thoughts and interviews were closely followed by the media. The pinnacle was his interview with Ed Miliband which was closely followed by an endorsement of Caroline Lucas in Brighton and Labour nationally.
This bizarre episode saw the Labour leader take social media by storm. Fans produced photoshopped images of Miliband in a variety of flattering settings.
5. That stone
The strange ten commandments like policy pledge stone unveiled by Miliband made for a bizarre moment in the campaign. Did no one in the Labour team see #EdStone coming.
6. The SNP
Not since the Lib Dems very gradual rise over many elections has Britain seen a new force become so prominent in Westminster elections. The expected and realised landslide represents a real milestone in British politics.
7. The result
No one saw this coming. No one. Pollsters, pundits and politicians were all wide off the mark with their predictions of a hung Parliament.
8. Big guns gunned down
The number of political heavyweights from across the party that took a direct hit was unprecedented. The Conservatives were strongest having only lost Esther McVey, but Labour, the Lib Dems and UKIP all lost top players. First, there were those that lost their seats (Ed Balls, Vince Cable, Danny Alexander etc), and secondly, the leaders who’s positions became untenable (Ed Miliband, Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage).