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Date: 30/10/19

Out Of The Count

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I might as well state at this early stage that - unlike 2015 and 2017 - I will not be live-blogging the Imperial Parliament election on 12 December.

There are three main reasons for this:

  1. I don't think the outcome is going to be any more decisive than last time: opinion polls notwithstanding, it is difficult to see how the forces of Bloody Stupid Johnson can pick up more seats than they are likely to lose to a combination of interference from Farage plc on the one hand and substantial tactical voting for LibDems and the SNP on the other; Labour may - but only may - become the largest single party as a result; and the end result will be more or less back where we are now.
  2. I have no intention of sitting up all night in the middle of winter watching such a scenario unfold.
  3. Most importantly from my point of view, the following day is my team's Christmas 'do' at the Pant Yr Ochain in Gresford and, as it will be last such get-together (for reasons upon which I will expand in the coming months), I don't intend missing out on it.

So this time around, I'm afraid that you'll just have to find someone else to mislead you with his forecasts (other media outlets are available...copiously) or to entertain you with his saline observations on the sight of millions of people sedulously voting against their own best interests because, "...I've always voted that way".