Finally, the election is upon us. I am desperate for a Labour win. My feelings can be summed up by a phrase a friend used recently about the situation – “I can handle despair, it’s the hope that’s killing me!”
Seriously, my nerves are shot. It was one thing when MayBot announced the election and the feeling was that, with the state of the opinion polls, a Tory victory appeared almost certain. Now those numbers for the Tories have all but evaporated, and it’s too close to call.
I don’t think mainstream electoral politics has been this inspiring sine the mid 90s. Yes, it might have been Blair, and we all know what followed. But at the time of the 97 election the Tories were hated and falling apart. Blair had a broad appeal to the middle ground, and particularly women voters. At the same time people knew that change was actually possible. Continue reading