Obligatory mention of latest YouGov poll, purely for the internet archaeologists of the distant future who are attempting to explain the suddden optimistic surge amongst Liberal Democrats in April 2010: Conservatives 33, Labour 28, Liberal Democrats 30. It’s very exciting but I can remember 2003, when one of the first ComRes polls had all three parties in a three-way tie on 31%, but the Labservatives still got back in two years later.
The debate is definitely having an effect on the doorstep, and I spoke to several people who told me they were definitely voting Lib Dem now after seeing Nick Clegg in action last night. As it was Friday, we went to the pub afterwards to meet up with everyone else who’d been out, and everyone had tales of people telling them the same. I suspect the full effects might take at least couple of days to be shown in the polls, though. There’s the immediate effect on those who watched it last night, but there’s also a word of mouth effect with people commenting on their impressions of it – I had a couple of ‘I didn’t watch it, but people were saying good things about Nick Clegg today’ comments too.
Game well and truly on. And if you didn’t see the debate, you can take part in another bit of history and watch it here – I believe this is the first time an ITV programme has been shown on the iPlayer, which I’m much happier to recommend as a viewing platform than the ITV Player.
Generally though, the news today appears to have been mainly concerned with reaction to the debate, except for the times when you know bored sub-editors were wanting to headline stories with ILLEGAL ICELANDIC ASH IMMIGRATION THREATENS TO KILL US ALL. Oh sorry, I forgot the really big news – apparently a rich man from Cheshire (no relation, before you ask) is backing the Tories. Still, it could lead to an interesting new career for David Cameron as a judge on Britain’s Got Talent if this whole politics thing doesn’t work out for him.
As for me, I started the day with a meeting about Christmas – and we’ve got some interesting things in the pipeline for Colchester this year, which I’ll talk about more after the election – then went out and delivered another 260 leaflets, which takes the total up to 1,920 so I should break the 2,000 mark tomorrow. I also knocked on about 45 doors, taking the total for that up to 200, and experienced a night of a probability quirk. I was calling on houses in a close with about 20 houses alongside one of our local election candidates. By the time we’d done, I’d knocked on about 15 doors, found 13 people who were out and spoken to two others. He knocked on five, spoke to all five and found them all to be wanting a longish chat about the election. Very odd experience, but I obviously wasn’t jinxed as I started finding a lot more people in when we got to the next street.