You know that breed of music fan who is only into bands and artists that are really obscure then abandons them when they become too popular, because they obviously can’t be as good now that the masses are into them? Well, meet the political version (pdf file). Sure, the headline there within that YouGov poll is that 49% of people would vote Liberal Democrat if they thought we could win the election, but look at the detail and the party breakdown: 1% of current Liberal Democrat voters wouldn’t back the party if they thought they could win.
You can just imagine someone proclaiming that ‘I just prefer all the early stuff they did with did with Ashdown and Kennedy. Once Clegg started canvassing stadiums, I lost interest.’ Though, given that one of the effects of being a snob is that you’ll always find someone snobbier than you, you know someone else will come along to call him (because it’s almost always a him) an ignorant newcomer, insisting that everything’s gone downhill since Jo Grimond retired.
Spent a large part of the day down in London on non-campaign things today, namely for the announcement of the route of this year’s Tour Of Britain because it’s coming to Colchester for the first time! After hosting a leg of the Tour Series successfully last year, we’ll now be the finishing location for Stage 7, as the Tour continues a two-day visit to East Anglia. Couple that with the news that the Colchester Free Festival will be back this year at the same time, and we’ve got a very interesting September in Colchester!
But that’s five months away, so for now we’ll deal with an interesting April and May as we close on the halfway point of the election campaign and the close of nominations across the country. Here in Colchester, there are nine candidates standing, with another seven in the neighbouring Harwich and North Essex constituency – full lists of candidates are available here. Given that Colchester was one of the few constituencies to only have three candidates in 2005, it’s quite an increase.
Meanwhile, in the national campaign, David Cameron starts rummaging around the cupboards in Conservative Central Office looking for ideas and finds Michael Howard’s 2005 campaign. The first casualty of political war is the warm and fuzzy campaign.
Meanwhile, no deliveries for me today, but a large pile of leaflets is waiting for to be picked up and delivered by me tomorrow. Some canvassing tonight, and even though I was co-ordinating a group for a while, I still did about 20 doors, taking the total there up to 240.
Right, I’m off to read the Morning Star. But only because they have an interview with Ken MacLeod.