Blaise Tapp column

Blaise Tapp.
Blaise Tapp.

The old saying goes that a week is a long time in politics which, if true, means the next six months will be nothing short of an eternity.

The countdown to next year’s General Election has been underway for quite some time.

But now, while we are not quite on the home straight, the runners in this marathon are lining themselves up for a frenetic finish, and don’t we know about it.

For the first time we know precisely when we will go to the polls - May 7 - thanks to an agreement for a fixed term Parliament when this Government was formed.

We were told that a guaranteed five year term would ensure that the Coalition would do its job, ensuring it was unhindered by unhelpful constant speculation about snap elections. Stability was the key word.

But the only winners are the party strategists who have been able to play a cynical long game more than they ever have done in the past, and what we are left with is the longest election campaign in modern history.

In the past few weeks we have had the borefest about the “unexpected” £1.7bn bill from the EU, the Prime Minister’s attempt to out-Farage Nigel Farage.

There is no escape from the campaign, even in the whimsical virtual world of social media where #CameronMustGo is taking Twitter by storm, even though it seems that it is a hashtag used largely by those on the Left.

Elections are usually something which float my boat but I am already looking for the liferaft.

If election junkies like me are bored by all the meaningless politi-prattle then I really do worry about the size of the turnout come May.

Up for the grabs in the forthcoming UK-wide poll are a thousand broken promises, although some will be excited by the prospect of a referendum on whether or not we stay in Europe.

Personally it leaves me cold.

For the sake of democracy let’s hope I am on my own, although I doubt it.