General Election 2015
In order to show no particular political preference, let's take the leaders in the alphabetical order of the parties they front.
Conservatives: David Cameron - England
David Cameron is a likeable chap (especially if you think a lot of his policies), but he's Mr Safe Pairs of Hands. He doesn't take risks, and comes up with the same old tired political formations. In essence, he needs some balls to push through the change that is required become a real winner.
Like England football manager Roy Hodgson, Cameron talks a good fight - he is eloquent and has the knack of saying the right thing at the right time. Delivery is, however, an issue. In the same way England seem to be about to get the little things right (like qualifying against weak opposition in the Euros), but struggle when it comes to doing real business when it matters (at the World Cup, for example), Cameron has failed to deliver on the big things like the deficit and immigration.
Like the 'Crazy Gang', Natalie Bennett is feisty and punches above her weight. Not everyone admires her (or agrees with some of her more 'out there' policies), but Bennett has staked out her own ground in this election, and has taken the Green Party into a position where it will attract voters, and is now regarded by some as a serious alternative to big party politics.
Labour: Ed Miliband - Crystal Palace
Labour leader Ed Miliband is not the most natural of party political leaders, but has done much recently - like Crystal Palace - to save his season. The more the public have seen him this campaign, the more they have warmed to him. In truth, like Palace, he has put on a decent show - but also like Palace, he'll never win the Premier League. And both Ed Miliband and Crystal Palace still have left wing issues.
It wasn't long ago that Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg was co-running the country (or so it seemed). Now, he faces an uncertain future and the possibility of a Lib-Dem Westminster meltdown in May. Two years ago, Wigan were about to win the FA Cup. Now they look odds-on, like Clegg, to be playing League One football next season.
Plaid Cymru: Leanne Wood - Cardiff City
Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood remains the underdog every neutral person will root for. For now, Wood is playing in the big league, and does have the opportunity to cement her place at the top table. Like Cardiff City, however, Leanne Wood could find that her time in the Premier League is quite short.
Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon is, like Celtic, a big fish in a small pond. Her recent forays into England have, however, proved that she is a formidable character. Like Celtic, Sturgeon may well mostly clean up north of the border this season, but also like the Scottish footballing giants, she could fail miserably when playing outside her comfort zone on a far bigger stage.
UKIP : Nigel Farage - Stoke City
UKIP leader Nigel Farage is, like Stoke City, tough and no-nonsense. He sees where the goal is and goes for it. No frills Farage doesn't beat about the bush, and tells it like it is - like it or not. As Stoke City have the opportunity this season to put more Premier League points on the board than ever before, Nigel Farage and UKIP are also well positioned to make their mark on the next Parliament following impending election. Farage, however, must ensure that there are no more UKIP own goals.
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