May 6

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A poorly kept secret: tomorrow morning Gordon Brown will go to the Queen and do that thing he has to do in order to dissolve Parliament and have an election.  Every general election since 1997 has been held simultaneous with local elections, this year was widely assumed to be no different, that day is 6 May.

With a month to go then, the Tories have opened up a ten point lead on YouGov’s tracker, up from +6 on 31 March.

Me?  I’ll be boarding a flight to return to the UK on May 6th.  Not chiefly by design; the cheapest return date by some distance was the 6th.  So I’ll miss it.  I’ll grab a paper when I land.  The papers, assuming they’re still in business in a month, might talk about the election results.

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