The Simple Politics guide to the election.
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Apologies - I think this email is even more of a mess than normal. I mostly blame the local election results for coming in as it's put together. Regular readers may decide to blame general incompetence.

What to make of it all?

Council elections are always hard to analyse. Those expecting a delicious snack to go with their pre-General Election drinks have instead been offered a cheese and pineapple hedgehog and it's hard to tell what to make of it.

You know us, though. We don't offer analysis. There are many other people and places who will gladly offer you their opinions on everything. But, remember this: nobody really knows what these results mean. Nobody. Anyone who pretends they do should be treated with a pinch of salt.

Away from the local elections, we're still in the cold stage of this election. Manifestos aren't out. Candidates aren't confirmed. Funds haven't been raised. We still don't really know what the issues that shape debate will be. This week different parties have spoken about cuts on foreign aid, homelessness, police numbers, clean air and more. It's all a bit scattergun. 

Don't worry if you're struggling to get a handle on this election. If you can't quite get your head around what's going on. It will settle. Battle lines will be properly drawn. The Conservative Manifesto is published next week. Labour the following week. They will give us something to hold onto. The first leaders debate will be on 18th May on ITV. Without Corbyn or May, but still. In a couple of weeks, you'll look around and you'll be able to recognise what you see as an election. Probably.

Finally, keep an eye on France on Sunday. It's the final vote for the French President. The centrist Macron is widely expected to beat the more right-wing Le Pen. But, we are officially through the looking glass. Anything can happen from here. 


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