12 months from now, the UK will go to the polls in what will be one of the most exciting contests in recent history.
Yes, I know they say that every time.
But yes: it is always true.
For elections are always one of the most exciting things in recent history. Even the ones where the result has been a long foregone conclusion – 1997, 1983 and 1966, to name but three – still get the pulse racing.
Why?Because they are always events of enormous human drama, of unexpected twists, of remarkable comebacks, of implausible setbacks, of statistical wizardry, of dazzling spectacle, and – if you’re lucky – a dash of hope.
What’s not to like about that particular cocktail of sensations?
This site will chronicle the build-up to the 2015 general election with daily updates focusing mostly, but not exclusively, on:
- poll trends: what might be going on behind the daily fluctuations in party support, and what longer-term patterns can be detected
- actual results: from local and parliamentary by-elections, the council and EU elections, the Scottish referendum, and any other contests that take place between now and next May
- key seats and candidates: where the 2015 election will be fought, won and lost, and by whom
- TV and radio: how the broadcast media are planning for polling day, and how they’ve fared in previous elections
Plus any other quirky or intriguing developments along the way – of which there are always a handful, sometimes bizarre, but sometimes more significant than they seem.
Tomorrow I’ll kick thing off with that most courageous* of statements: a prediction of the result.
For now, here’s six-and-a-half minutes of some of the most exciting television broadcast this century.
Thanks for reading this far. I hope you enjoy what’s to come.