Election Highlights of the Day: 01/05/2010

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Show of the day

American TV audiences are getting a taste for "frumpy old English women."

Viewers of Jon Stewart's Daily Show were treated to Gillian Duffy's encounter with the Prime Minister, albeit with her jaw oscillating in time to Scottish woman, frumpy or otherwise, Susan Boyle's rendition of "I Dreamed a Dream". "Congratulations Gordon Brown, you've just broken the heart of the sweetest old lady in Britain," Stewart concludes, before deploying The Daily Show "soular-cam" to show the precise moment the Prime Minister's political career leaves his body.

Escape of the day

A tough week for Gordon Brown nearly got even worse when he was seconds away from missing a train back to London for an interview with Jeremy Paxman. Some comfort though: the trailing press pack were outpaced by the fleet-footed PM and had to wait for the next one.

Voice of the day

It's not what you say, it's how you say it. Tory advisers have admitted they hired aides to coach David Cameron's voice before the final leaders' debate. The aim was to get him to slow down and to speak at a lower pitch; the same advice once given to Margaret Thatcher. Who says style beats substance?