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The big focus in this election will be marginal constituencies, however there are also a few which might produce some interesting results with smaller parties and independents perhaps making inroads despite the first-past-the-post system. Here are some of the ones to watch:
Thursday is going to be a pretty heavy day – I’ve got to vote for my choice of MP, mayor and three local councillors. The polling station, which normally hosts a playgroup and evening dance classes, is a fair stroll around the block, so I’m hoping that the weather isn’t too bad. I’ve got Thursday and Friday off work, so I can make time for putting my cross in the boxes then sit back and watch events unfold. Probably I’ll do it multi-media style – a bit of Radio 4, a background of BBC News and the Channel 4 alternative extravaganza, and maybe the odd foray into the Internet to see how things are going online. I don’t mean to be flippant; well I do actually, because we’ve got it so easy.
10:00am SNP leader Alex Salmond at SNP headquarters in Edinburgh
10:00am Plaid Cymru leader Ieuan Wyn Jones in Llanelli
The binary fabric of our politics may have been stretched by the resurgence of the Lib Dems and by general dissatisfaction with, and creative responses to, the “old politics” model But there remains an almost Manichaean strand of seeking right/wrong; black/white; good/bad in our political discourse to the exclusion of all that is thoughtful and gracious.