WHILE most voters in the General Election have to wait until May 6 to make their choice, postal voters started getting their ballot papers today and, in theory, they could have made their mark, sealed up their envelope and dropped it in a pillar box today. Job done. Already.
Locally this is considered a major development – effectively the start of voting – and the main parties will have been targeting hard their leaflet drops to everyone who uses a postal vote. Doormats will have been walking recycling boxes of glossy red, yellow and blue paper.
But think about it, in the event of a really tight result, it could be won or lost today, tomorrow, or Tuesday… not actually on the big day itself.
While the rank and file have clearly grasped the significance of this, however, you wonder why their wasn’t more fireworks on the national scene on Saturday: Nick Clegg took the day off to spend it with his family (he’s a considerate family man, you see), Gordon Brown committed a PR sin by trying to entice us with an Elvis impersonator (bloody awful) and David Cameron had a low-keyish, egg-free stroll in Essex.
Don’t they know the polls are open now for thousands – hundreds of thousands – of postal voters and everything is still to play for.