So, thank you Nick, from all the people with worn down shoes, fraying knuckles and sunburnt heads around the country who have suddenly found a new sense of excitement in the electorate over the last few days, and all down to ninety minutes of prime-time television exposure. Certainly my campaign office was overwhelmed with calls offering support and asking for posters, which can’t be a bad thing.
Of course we shouldn’t take the instant polls too seriously, although I will give a prize to the first TV or radio reporter to ask Gordon Brown “So, if it is a hung parliament, which party will you support?”. To be fair, that question ought to take up at least two thirds of any time available to him to set out his party’s policies.
Having said I don’t take the polls as being necessarily what will happen on polling day (and particularly after the other parties and parts of the press have spent a couple of weeks chuckiung everything at us), there is a slight feeling of a popular insurrection in the air. Perhaps the arrogant assumption by the Conservatives that it is now “their turn” again is about to be tested by an electorate which wants something different. If we are still in the upper twenties in the polls next week, then it’s possible that the election could really catch fire. Can’t wait!