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It ain't over 'til the fat lady votes
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It ain't over 'til the fat lady votes

Media scrutiny, political scandals and electoral upsets - the Academy of Ideas team get together on the eve of the General Election for one last pre-vote discussion.
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The day is almost upon us. UK voters will go to the polls tomorrow to decide who will form the next government. How many turn up at the ballot box remains to be seen - disillusionment and discontent seem to be the main characteristics of this General Election campaign. For all the talk of a Labour majority, even those who advocate for a Labour vote admit it has more to do with ousting the Tories than a wholehearted enthusiasm for Starmer’s plans.

It has been a busy week, from Reform’s controversies around vetting to Boris Johnson’s surprise eleventh-hour return to the centre stage of campaigning. And remember the betting scandal? Turns out the thing we all knew - that politicians and their staff often place bets on political events - was true.

What are we to make of all of this? Has the media focus on Reform missed crucial scrutiny of some of the policies of the more mainstream parties? Will Labour really stroll into Number 10 with a stonking majority or will that be tempered by low turnout? It’s all still to play for.

Listen to the Academy of Ideas team give their final views before voting day in this latest Podcast of Ideas:

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