Watching the Twitter accounts of various campaigners in the election, it’s interesting to note just how livelier and happier everyone seems today, now they can get out and campaign in the sun. Of course, it does create a few problems as well, especially if you call on anyone with a door that faces to the south-west and try talking to them while they’re squinting into the sun as it sets over your shoulder.
And as this Parliament finally staggers toward its final dissolution, it manages to throw up some minor bits of political trivia, not least in giving us an issue that unites Diane Abbott, Iain Paisley and Lembit Opik. Yes, all three were there last night to oppose the Digital Economy Bill, though sadly they weren’t enough to counter the sheer number of Labour backbenchers being forced into the lobbies to vote it through. Alix Mortimer has the full story.
Elsewhere, there’s been lots more talk about tax today, and I’m not going to add to the millions of words already spewed out onto the internet about that when I can just send you to an elephant who will explain it all.
As for me, I spent the morning in a meeting, then went out for a nice walk around South Colchester, interspersed with a bit of delivering and the realisation that yes, it really was a nice warm day and I probably shouldn’t have worn quite so many layers. I followed that up with a nice bit of canvassing, even if the BBC seem to think it’s all a bit outdated to do that. Of course, next week they’ll run an article bemoaning how terrible it is that their anecdotal data shows that no one anywhere in the country has ever had a politician or campaigner knocking on the door during an election.
So, with another 160 leaflets delivered and about 25 doors knocked on, my totals are up to 460 and 55. No more leaflets delivered here today, but I did come back from my meeting to discover our poster team had called round and managed to find a spot at the front of the house to put one…which will probably mean I won’t get any leaflets delivered from the other parties now.