Election Diary: They swear that it's a good bet…

PROVING that gamblers will bet on just about anything, online bookmaker Boyle Sports has issued a raft of odds on what may or may not happen in tonight's televised debate.

As well as straightforward bets, such as who will be the outright winner, the bookie will take bets on the colour of the leaders' ties and has placed a 5/1 price on any of the three leaders swearing during the broadcast. That, you suspect, is a bloody good bet.

Harris unveiled as Doctor Who fan

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THE Scotsman's favourite Labour tweeter, Tom Harris, has revealed his true colours. He is – shock, horror – a Doctor Who fan.

The Labour candidate for Glasgow South made the admission yesterday on his Twitter page, which is bedecked in pictures of the Tardis.

Alongside various criticisms of the Tory manifesto and a fair few rebuttals for online opponents attacking his position is a statement to warm the hearts of geeks across the UK.

"Coolest Radio Times cover ever! Daleks *and* general election!" Mr Harris tweets.

The art of self improvement

DESPITE the erstwhile Liberal Democrat MP for East Dunbartonshire, Jo Swinson, launching a campaign against airbrushing in advertising earlier this year, her party appears to have happily embraced the dark arts of the ad man for their manifesto launch.

It seems the infamous airbrush was applied liberally to the picture carried on page 96 of the document published yesterday.

Yes folks, the image of Saint Vince of Cable was touched up.

BAD DAY

GORDON BROWN

The day is over-shadowed by his admission of failures as chancellor and being too easy on the banks

DAVID CAMERON

A dip in the polls to as low as three points ahead of Labour seems to have unsettled him. Also admitted he was nervous ahead of the TV debates.

GOOD DAY

NICK CLEGG

His manifesto launch presented him as the honest man of British politics and the Lib Dems as the honest party.

ALEX SALMOND

Scored another hit over his exclusion from the TV debates and turned up the heat on Labour in Glasgow.