BRITAIN has entered a new era of multi-party politics with half a dozen leaders now clamouring for the electorate’s attention. From the old two, and renaissance of the three-party system of politics, this year’s election campaign has provided unprecedented platform the likes of UKIP, theSNP, the Greens and Plaid to connect with the British public.

From the incoherent cacophony that was the so-called ‘seven dwarves’ debate on ITV to the BBC’s more civilised but hardly more illuminating ‘challengers’ debate, there has been no lack of heat in the battle for Number 10.

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