It’s fifty days until the squinty-eyed electorate will line the voting booths of quaint village halls and place their ‘X’ next to their chosen democratic representative. While staring blankly at the ballot before them, a showreel of political promises and ministerial mishaps will help guide their dubious biro-wielding hands.
But what, if anything, will help to separate the two main parties, in a term of disinterest for the incumbent Tories, and no Mr. Miliband you’re not the cure for apathy either. A term of political disinterest has also given rise to the alternative vote. A turnout for UKIP in Clacton and Rochester and Strood has given them the impetus to challenge key areas for both Labour and Conservative, and could split the ballot wide open. The Green Party are also nipping at the ankles of the the elite runners.
Current polls suggest Tories and Labour are indistinguishable on 33%, with UKIP at 14% and the Lib Dems languishing on 7%. The Greens could raise 6%.
So as we consider the possibility of another coalition government, mulling over the various abbreviated double-barrel alliances (Con-Dem), be safe in the knowledge that your vote may make a difference.