Thirty days to go and a quick drive around some of the main roads around Romiley, Marple, Marple Bridge and Mellor reveal little visibility of the old methods of electioneering. Before twitter, facebook, endless TV coverage and cheap printing, the aim of every political party was surely to get as many boards and posters up as possible.
This no longer seems to be the case, driving around I noted a total of seven boards for the Liberal Democats (three in the same garden) and only one each for Labour and Conservative. The Labour board, not a million miles away from the Windsor Castle pub seemed to be displayed in a house that also had a flagpole proudly displaying a red flag with the classic image of Che Guevara. Probably not a floating voter then. #coloursfirmlynailed.
So can the local psephologists deduce from this entirely unscientific sample of early voting intentions? A landslide for the Liberals? Lost deposits for Labour and the Tories? ….
….or we can imagine that in the wee small hours of May 8th, Stockport Town Hall will resound to the following:
“And that Gascoigne Halman, Estate Agent has been duly elected to the House of Commons for Hazel Grove