The budget seems to have failed with a dull thud. Now all the parties have to get an apathetic public excited about an upcoming election. Tough job.
It is amazing to me that a minority government has survived so long and several elections already. I’m certainly not upset about the coming election. That is the cost we have to bear for electing a minority.
But our opposition are doing a horrible job of getting ready for this. What are they planning to sell to the public? The pumps should be primed – issues ready to fall from the publics lips already. Instead it seems that there is a shrug of, “What has changed?” That is just marketing.
The good thing is that the issues that start an election are generally sidelined by issues that arise during the election. Good issue for the opposition that is. But of course surprise issues can just as easily work in the Tories favour.
Why get excited? If the result might simply be another minority Tory government… I’m enthused about the chance of getting a majority government with a clear mandate whomever it may be.
That is enough for me. Lacking an issue I’m not sure it will be enough for everyone else. I predict a low, low turn out come election day.
Am I wrong? Is there an issue to drive this election that the parties can campaign on?