Fixed term Parliaments and the 5 year deal.
A problem with a May election is that any Budget measures would have been put into effect only 5 weeks before it.
It would surely make more sense for all future Budget proposals from this government and its successors to be made in mid November. This would allow the proposals 2014 Budget to form part of the election campaign whilst leaving 6 months to plan the implementation of any changes.
Another benefit of fixed term parliaments would be the avoidance of the Machiavellian wash-up deals we have just seen.