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11 habits politicians should give up for Lent

The election campaign would be much more bearable if all parties dropped these habits for the next 40 days

By Josh Lowe  

The House of Lords: "It is often described as 'unreformed' but the removal of most hereditary peers in 1999 was transformative." © Geoff Pugh/Telegraph/PA Archive/Press Association

Tomorrow, Lent begins, and Britons across the land will half-heartedly attempt to give up for 40 days what they half-heartedly attempted to give up forever at New Year.

Since we’re talking broken pledges and over-ambitious intentions, it seems only natural to shift the debate on to politicians. I’m sure Cameron, Miliband and co will all be giving up different things—Osborne already seems to have given up speaking to the media—but here, in no particular order are 11 things it would be best for everyone if politicians and parties all gave up at the same time, at least for the duration of…

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