I was kicking myself earlier today about the fact that I will be abroad for much of the British general election. Later this afternoon, I’m off to the Middle East for a few days; and then I’m away again for the last week of April. British election campaigns don’t happen that often, and they only last a few weeks, so it seems a shame to miss so much of it.
Then again, the campaign so far seems quite exceptionally dull. The economy is in deep doo-doo and we will probably get a change of governing party for the first time since 1997, so it should be exciting – but I can barely stay awake through the evening news. I thought it was just me being jaded, but I was interested to hear Anthony Howard, the veteran political commentator, say on the radio this morning that so far this was the most boring election campaign he can remember of the seventeen that he has covered as a journalist. Read more