Vince Cable attacks ‘cop out’ Tory spending plans – The Evening Standard
Darling: Time and again, Labour called it right on the economy – LabourList
‘That was a disaster’ – Nick Robinson’s Newslog
The “Thick of It” election – Hopi Sen
Brown gaffe on campaign trail – Politics Home
A highly damaging moment for Gordon Brown – The Times
Labour’s most dangerous moment of the campaign – The Guardian
Brown “mortified” at bigot comment – Alistair Campbell

The FT’s expert election panel will occasionally be giving their thoughts on the big themes of the campaign. Today, they each write a memo to their leader giving advice for Thursday night’s debate and the remainder of the run-up to the polls.

Charles Lewington, former press secretary to John Major:
David, you have three tasks in the final days – rebutting Labour’s attack on your economic policies, continuing with the tedious but important process of warning about the dangers of hanging the parliament and taking the gloss off the freshly minted Liberal Democrat brand without attacking Clegg personally. 

A plague on all your houses – Chris Giles in The FT
Deficit Buster cuts to the chase – The FT
Tell us the truth about cuts! – Jon Craig on Sky
Labour should forget about Clegg and pull itself together – The Times
Clegg puts party before country – Iain Dale
Tory plans for nurseries are something to shout about – The Guardian

Banal debates exposed deeply unimpressive candidates – The FT
First past post system will be tested to its limits - The FT
Labour comes to terms with an existential crisis – Rachel Sylvester in The Times
Mandelson backs Miliband as Labour civil war brews – The Mail
Clegg “clarifies” that he’ll deal with third place Labour – The Guardian
Clegg will make sure he is leader of the opposition – Martin Kettle, The Guardian
Alternative Vote will be no better – John Curtice in The Independent
Lib Dems storm Islington, home of New Labour – The Times
Watch out for a rogue poll - Political Betting

Gordon Brown’s big opportunity - Nick Robinson’s newslog
The final ten days – Adam Boulton on Sky
Alan Johnson positions himself to lead Labour coalition talks – The Times
The tories won’t stand for PR – Iain Martin in the Wall St Journal
The surge of young voters – Libby Brooks in The Guardian
Warning to Clegg: Don’t overreach yourself – Alistair Campbell

The FT’s expert election panel will occasionally be giving their thoughts on running themes of the campaign. Today, we asked each to describe their fantasy cabinet in a Government of National Unity.

Miranda Green, former press secretary to Paddy Ashdown:
My fantasy is a Government of National Unity to reform the finances and the political system. We can include talent from all parties – Brown out, and Cameron and George Osborne out, I’m afraid, as punishment for wasting their big electoral opportunity. A bit of Labour continuity and a lot of Lib Dem and Tory appointments, including:

Nick Clegg for prime minister and Alan Johnson for deputy prime minister working closely to keep it together (possibly rotating?). Alistair Darling stays as Chancellor, in the interests of stability, with Vince Cable is Business Secretary on a brief to tackle the banks. David Miliband at Home Office with Chris Huhne as Justice Secretary to protect civil liberties. Lord Adonis and Michael Gove forced to be joint at education and push through sensible reforms. 

UK economy grows 0.2% in Q1 – Chris Giles in The FT
What planet is Gordon on? - Chris Giles for FT Money Supply
GDP figures not much help to Brown – Ian King in The Times
The Tories still don’t know what’s going on - Benedict Brogan in The Telegraph
It’s now the Cameron v Clegg show – Jonathan Freedland in The Guardian
The “get Clegg” campaign could backfire – Alexander Chancellor in The Guardian

The next must reads post will be on Sunday. For all the election news and analysis over the weekend see the FT’s election indepth.

Will approval ratings be the best voting guide? – Mike Smithson
The would-be chancellors – Nick Robinson’s newslog
The fall of St Vince – Gaby Hinsliff in The Guardian
Clegg sees Labour as a dead party – Julian Glover in The Guardian
Will warnings of chaos affect the electorate? – James Forsyth
Five key questions for the leaders’ debate – Robert Colville in The Telegraph

Gordon Brown prepares for hung parliament - Jon Craig on Sky
Labour’s answer to the Lib Dem dilemma – Polly Toynbee in The Guardian
Did the move to Lib Dems predate TV debate? - Mike Smithson
Message to parties: Your slogans aren’t working – Ben Macintyre in The Times
Politics in uncharted waters – Steve Richards in The Independent
Sour Brown memories threatening Lib-Lab deal – Nick Robinson’s newslog

Investors fear effects of UK hung parliament – The FT
Cameron believes positive message will prick Lib Dem bubble – The Guardian
Who is to blame for Cameron’s debate flop? – Andrew Pierce in The Daily Mail
Put your bets on Lib Dems winning seats where they’re outsiders – Mike Smithson
Clegg has won over the uncommitted – John Curtice in The Independent
Is some volcanic toxin behind the ludicrous burst of Cleggophilia - Boris Johnson
Will Clegg prevail in the three-way race in Watford? – Michael White
Murdoch will be having Clegg nightmares - David Yelland in The Guardian
People like Clegg but not Lib Dem policy – The Sun

On the Lib Deb surge:
UK major parties attack Liberal Democrats – Jean Eaglesham in The FT
You don’t need to spin when you’re winning – Andrew Rawnsley in The Observer
Clegg surge: The fightback begins – Jon Craig on Sky
Clegg nearly as popular as Churchill – The Sunday Times
The battle of the public-school boys – Dominic Lawson in The Sunday Times

On the election:
A radical revolt against Big Government – David Cameron in The Observer
Brown and Cameron agree to Paxman grilling - BBC
Gordon Brown and the truth – Benedict Brogan in The Telegraph

Lex on the election debate – The FT
Clegg promised the earth and got away with it – Norman Tebbit
The case for Nick Clegg – Peter Hoskin on Spectator Coffee House
The Tories need to knock out Nick Clegg - Julian Glover in The Guardian
The secret to Clegg’s success – Adam Boulton on Sky
The great debate was boring – Adrian Michaels in The Telegraph

The next must reads post will be on Sunday. For all the election news and analysis over the weekend see the FT’s election indepth.