An election like no other - and almost every other

Jamie Owen and David Cornock
Even our ties are impartial....Jamie Owen and David Cornock broadcasting live on the BBC Wales Election 2015 tour in Cardiff

It's almost time to return the hi-vis jacket and hard hat to the props department.

The 2015 general election campaign is virtually over (unless we have to do it all again in a few months). The polls suggest little has changed despite six weeks of frantic campaigning and constant media coverage.

The UK leaders' debates have given Plaid Cymru's Leanne Wood the sort of UK-wide profile her predecessors could only dream of. You could almost be forgiven for forgetting that neither she nor Nicola Sturgeon is actually a candidate in this election.

The Welsh leaders' debates featured another leader who isn't a candidate, Kirsty Williams. The line-up of the debates means few viewers in Wales will have seen many Lib Dem or Plaid candidates beyond those standing in their own constituencies. (Pub quiz question: can you name the deputy leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats?)

Five years ago, eyebrows were raised as the Conservatives erected campaign posters in Wales on issues that are the responsibility of the Welsh government.

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The election questions even the experts can't answer

The BBC Wales General Election 2015 tour in Barry
The two-week BBC Wales General Election 2015 tour started in Barry

It has been suggested that this closely-fought election campaign is dull and uninspiring. Even boring. Or vanilla.

Perhaps as a political anorak I just have a higher boredom threshold than most voters. I'm certainly not surprised people find it dull - election night in 1997 was dramatic and exciting but the month that preceded it was pretty tedious.

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Coffee, a campervan and some election manifestos

David Cornock with Michael Clague, Valerie Livingston and Jodie Tunnon
David Cornock with the Wales Today manifesto panel Michael Clague, Valerie Livingston and Jodie Tunnon at Applejack's in Cardiff

I've spent a lot of time in Cardiff's cafes during the last few days - purely in the line of duty, you understand.

I've been chairing a panel of three looking at the political party's election manifestos.

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Manifesto muddies the clear blue water over funding

David Cameron and Nick Clegg
David Cameron and Nick Clegg in happier times.

It left their Liberal Democrat coalition partners spluttering on their home-made muesli.

Tuesday's Conservative manifesto promise on Welsh funding will have surprised a few Conservatives too.

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Lord Barnett's formula acquires a new floor every day

Lords Barnett
Lord (Joel) Barnett, whose spending formula remains controversial after his death

Three questions for you. Who's in favour of fair funding?

Yes, I thought so. Ok, so who's in favour of unfair funding? I thought so.

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Attacks on candidate 'deliberate smear', says leader

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood with candidate Mike Parker
Leanne Wood says Mike Parker is "an excellent candidate"

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood was a guest on Jason Mohammad's Radio Wales show on Thursday.

She told listeners she had had "a staggering response" since last week's seven-way leaders' debate with tourists from England telling her they wished they could vote for a similar party.

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The PM visits Wales: the great Cameron bake-off

I've spent much of today in a brewery with David Cameron. You can fill in your own punchline.

The prime minister visited S A Brain and Co as part of a one-day tour of the UK's four nations. He and his wife Samantha sampled a glass of Brains Black and baked a pie each. You may catch the pictures on the television news tonight.

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Young shavers, social media and a newspaper's manifesto

What do you want from what the young people on Twitter refer to as #GE2015?

If you're a Daily Post reader, the chances are that you'd like to see, among other things, "radically better health care, better roads and and more money for schools".

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Politician survives kitchen encounter with camera

Nick Clegg's battlebus
Nick Clegg's battlebus

It's been compared to a box of cream crackers on wheels and those travelling inside say it's like a giant yellow cocoon.

Nick Clegg's battlebus was hard to miss this afternoon when it arrived - in the middle of the road, naturally - at a Panasonic factory in Cardiff.

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Taking the pledge but are Labour on message?

Welsh Labour Party's pledge card
Welsh Labour's pledge card

There's one thing the political parties agree on.

This is, said shadow Welsh Secretary Owen Smith, "the most important general election for a generation".

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