Opinion poll commentary, too

Opinion poll commentary, too

Some really shocking news to start the election today, as the Telegraph does huge amounts of original research gets an email from Tory HQ and reveals the news that rich businesspeople, some of whom are Tory members of the House of Lords, think we should all vote Tory. My only shock is that someone at the Telegraph thought April 1st was the best day to lead with this as a headline, and also that the Tories are going for the ‘vote for us or the economy will collapse’ message this early in the campaign. We’re normally at least a couple of weeks into the campaign before they hit the panic button, but maybe this is just the start, and by the last week of the campaign we’ll be learning that only David Cameron can protect us from Imperial Overlord G’Thxnvarrr and his army of alien ravagers, while if Ed Miliband is elected he’ll invent time travel and go back to give the world the bubonic plague.

Meanwhile on the Tory battlebus:

Meanwhile, someone at Lib Dem HQ decided ‘film it like the scenes in Casualty just before the week’s big accident’ would be an appropriate style for a party election broadcast. The general response to it seems to have been that it happened, and now let’s move on to something else.

We’re now less than twenty-four hours from the Invasion Of The Giant Floating Heads Of Debate Doom.
However, there’s still no confirmation that the debate’s host will be Sylvester Stewart.

At some point in the future, we may well have the first virtual reality avatar debate, with all the possibilities that gives for the news graphics people to go completely over the top. Come to think of it, can we find some MPs who’ll admit to having played World Of Warcraft and get them to face off in an online debate battle there? Though now I’ve suggested that, it’ll no doubt be picked up by someone, filtered through eight hundred other suggestions at a pitch meeting and end up with a segment on This Week featuring a cheap animation of Michael Portillo as a barbarian warrior. So it goes.

Meanwhile, we learn that for UKIP a referendum is only a real referendum if they get to decide who votes in it. They’ll likely back down on that demand later, though, when they realise that it’s much easier to let everyone vote but in the spirit of European football competitions all ‘No’ votes will be treated as away goals and count double.

Thanks to our local Gazette, I’ve found out some more about our Christian People’s Alliance candidate, but mostly that he doesn’t like to do video interviews. If elected, he promises that he “will uphold Christian principles, as happens in many other European countries”, which is the sort of view that could lead to interesting clashes with the UKIP candidate at any hustings debates.

It still feels to me like the campaign’s stuttering and not really started yet. Maybe it’s because everybody’s expecting to wind down for Easter weekend, or maybe we need the big seven-way shoutathon that tomorrow’s debate will no doubt turn into to fire us all up. Or perhaps you’re all crazed with election fever and I’m insulated from it thanks to spending lots of time in the library on a very quiet university campus at the moment. However, that did give me this graph (from Paul Whiteley’s Political Participation in Britain) which should give you something to think about when discussing polls.