Editorial: Hard details will dictate how we vote
THREE weeks to go and we are finally starting to get to the essentials of the General Election. So far, we have had minor skirmishing as the parties cautiously get into gear for what is set to be a bruising contest, despite claims it is a foregone conclusion.
This week, the major parties will unveil their manifestos with radical proposals for political reform due to take centre stage.
The electorate will closely scrutinise what is on offer as we get down to the nitty gritty of real politics and who can deliver the best future for our families.
TV debates -- and the question of whether or not particular leaders will take part -- can be engaging and entertaining.
But it is the hard detail of the commitments in party manifestos which will determine how many cast their votes on February 25.