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Will tonight's debate provoke fireworks?

Tonight sees Britain’s first ever general election leadership debate, a deeply portentous occasion which “could decide the election,” as many of the newspapers explained this morning. Meanwhile, tonnes and tonnes of ash are spewing out of an Icelandic volcano and over Britain, hovering over us like the mysterious Airborne Toxic Event in Don DeLillo’s stunningly prophetic (and apocalyptic) 1984 novel White Noise.

Planes have been grounded across Britain because, according to the BBC,…

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