Interesting, half way through #Week 3 with battlebuses cranking the miles up and down the country, and politicians near and far putting a new spin on old spin, how far down the campaign trail have we come?

Conservatives

A collective sigh of relief emitted from the lips of many conservative candidates last night after the Electoral Commission said that there were no cases to answer, regarding accusations of Electoral Fraud during the 2015 campaign. That will come as a relief to those who the shadow may have been hanging over, as today is the last day of registration for this year's campaign. It would also appear that Theresa May has put her first foot wrong, and not quite in touch with the 'people,' as she may think, saying that she would be in favor of a free vote in the Commons on whether to bring back #Fox hunting.

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Wrong move; 87% of the voting public, no matter party affiliation, think that hunting to hounds is totally wrong and if implemented would herald the return the Conservatives to the days of the NASTY party!

Labour

After a good start yesterday, with the announcement of a sound and sensible policy, Labour blew away any kudos they gained, with a rather disastrous last 24 hours. The good idea was the implementation of life-long learning programs, in order to allow the workforce at large to realise the benefits of further education, one that can go on beyond school, college or university. And not before time too, as recent reports say, that over 1/3 of the available UK workforce will be replaced by some form of robotic helpmate within 15 years. The bad idea was that some bright spark released the Labour manifesto a week early.

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This caused Jeremy Corbyn to pull out of a poster launch fronted by young Labour activists this morning, in order to attend an emergency meeting with his officials, only to then inadvertently run over the foot of a BBC cameraman who came to capture the event.

The problem, of course, was not that the manifesto had been leaked in the first place, or that the cameraman ended up in hospital: it was what it contained. The 43-page document turns out to be an ode to the joys of a future left-wing Britain. A place where Roma's and gypsies will be able to come and go, even if they have no money; that we will not leave Europe unless the terms are right, and then again, maybe not at all; a total refusal to cut immigration levels; trident will be renewed, but we won't EVER use it; scrapping moves to push the retirement age beyond 66; scrapping tuition fees; abolition of all laws limiting strikes, and the return of rent caps for the first time in 40 years. And that of course, is only the good parts.

As to the other 'Big Hitters,' the Lib Dems and UKIP, they both had a quiet week so far, with little new being expressed by either party!