David Cameron is quite 'chillaxed' about the real prospect of the Lib Dems outstripping his Tories
The cost of living in Britain will jump next Saturday when VAT is raised to 20pc, its highest level ever. The winter weather is the worst for a generation and the bookmakers Paddy Power are offering odds of only 2/1 against David Cameron's coalition government breaking up before the end of next year.
Against this hostile background, it is easy to see why Ed Miliband and the Labour Party are the hot favourites to win a crucial by-election in just over two weeks' time.
'Old and sad' is the popular name of the constituency of Oldham East and Saddleworth, which is located about 10 miles northeast of Manchester, but bizarre is the best way to describe the by-election to be held there on January 13.