Parties start final push to impact election result
In any good marathon, all serious competitors know that it is the last mile that separates the professionals from the amateurs. Similarly, as the general election campaigns move into the last 72 hours, before the ballot boxes open, the politicians are popping up at every possible opportunity to push their messages home.
For some time now the pollsters have predicted that the Tories will win the majority of seats, but perhaps not enough to form a majority government, so with marginal constituencies still very much in the balance, the prospect of another hung parliament is still in the offing.
Jo Swinson, Boris Johnson, Jeremy Corbyn and Nicola Sturgeon will be seen either giving interviews in various TV studios, or out in those marginal constituencies courting public opinion hoping that will make a result on Thursday.
The messages that they will be trying to hit home are now quite distinct.
Johnson and his entourage will be beating out the ‘Get Brexit Done’ mantra like a well rehearsed and evangelical prayer, highlighting the importance of the European debate on the whole proceedings.
Corbyn by contrast will be keen to get through the message that the next government should be ‘For the many and not the Few’, pushing an agenda of social investment that has been absent during the Tories reign of austerity.
Jo Swinson, whose ambitious initial push to be prime minister and guarantee to revoke Article 50, has now had to temper her war cry to be the leader of a party who will do everything to stop or support Brexit, has perhaps become the first casualty to fall by the wayside.
Nicola Sturgeon, leader of the SNP, has perhaps been the most successful of all of the political leaders however and could be the real key to stopping Johnson from residing in Downing Street.
She has been articulate, measured, concise and even dealt with rottweiler Andrew Neil most successfully.
So as the runners come down the last straight, with their battle cries in their pockets and Westminster in their sights, all will be praying that no awkward stories or facts emerge from their past to trip them up in the dying moments.
Next UK Government
|Labour – Snp Coalition||12/1|
|Conservative – Dup Coalition||18/1|
|Labour – Lib Dem – Snp Coalition||22/1|
|Labour – Lib Dem Coalition||25/1|
|Conservative – Brexit Party Coalition||33/1|
|Conservative – Lib Dem Coalition||66/1|
|Lib Dem – Snp Coalition||200/1|
|Lib Dem Minority||200/1|
|Conservative – Labour Coalition||300/1|
|Lib Dem Majority||400/1|
|Brexit Party Minority||750/1|