photophotoWITH Labour and the Liberal Democrats still working out who will stand in the Hampstead and Kilburn parliamentary constituency at the next General Election, you can’t blame Conservative candidate Simon Marcus for getting some plugs in for himself while he’s the only name on the slate. Now, the Tories must feel, is the chance to get the jump on whoever his opponents will be.

So here come some of the first of the 2015 General Election leaflets for the people of Hampstead to digest… and like night follows day, it features a bar graph.

And what a bar graph!

A classic for connoisseurs of this kind of stuff.

Despite losing the vote in Hampstead and Kilburn in 2010 by 42 votes, the blue bar still appears higher than the Labour one. Of course, a closer look shows that the Tory bar is not level with the Labour one at the base.

The Lib Dems, who came a close third last, might also wonder what scale the graph is running to. It casts them as quite a big chunk behind.

So, here we go, people, eyes down again. It looks like the old local theory is back in play: All’s fair in love and war, and election leaflets.