Also: Alliance attacks unionist pact and bids for pro-Union voters; rocky start for Plaid Cymru’s campaign; and Northern Ireland awaits judgement in ‘gay cake’ case.
How a New Zealand attack ad is inspiring the Prime Minister’s election push.
Ed Miliband declined to use his speech to the Scottish Labour conference this morning to rule out a deal with the SNP.
Also: Swinney accused of coercing councils; Plaid want all young children taught in Welsh; Holyrood rejects national anthem.
Also: UUP accuse Sinn Fein of ‘rolling over’ on universal credit; SNP revive Labour ID database; and Stormont minister proposes Irish-language courts.
Also: Miliband pressed over NI candidate ban and Welsh NHS performance; Villiers rejects call to nullify OTR letters in law; and Murphy walks in Findlay’s shoes.
In an uncertain world, here are a few certainties to bank on.
Hard-line cultural unionists have done as much as anyone to box Northern Ireland out of normal British politics. Let this be a wake up call.
The Greens are eating into Labour’s vote share already – and now Plaid Cymru and the SNP will take the stage to hurt Miliband even further.
Also: the tests facing the new SF speaker; green/nationalist anti-nuclear coalition prepares for 2015; and SNP MSP spies a conspiracy against Holyrood.
Their proposals were and remain unfair to the Greens and the Liberal Democrats – and indeed to everyone else.
Also: UUP have grave doubts about new NI deal; Murphy’s deputy very happy to work with the SNP; and NI Conservatives choose East Belfast candidate.
Whether English votes for English laws gets through the Commons or not, we need a constitutional convention to give wider reform legitimacy.
“There is an opportunity for a Labour administration with our support if the Labour Party want that.”
Also: our respondents consider the prospect of another coalition. Tory voters would be happier to see the Greens in government than UKIP.