Tuesday, 12 January 2010

May 6th 2010

Chris Bryant is in trouble for saying that he expects an election on May 6th, a statement of the bleeding obvious which has not sent shockwaves around the political world. The Mail somehow this morning thinks a March election still possible.

In Bryant's defence, can we point out that we here at Next Left had already given pretty categorical assurances of a May 6th election in early December, when the Sunday Times began a new round of March election speculation, following earlier predictions
last Autumn, and indeed back in December 2008.

The noise to signal ratio in the next Parliament might be reduced if members of the political lobby were to place themselves under a 'three strikes and you're out' rule if predicting election dates which do not come to pass.


Letters From A Tory said...

Oh come on, political junkies like you and me thrive on this nonsense.

Sunder Katwala said...

Fine, but it would be more fun with some transparency and accountability if unnamed commentator X also had to say 'I think there'll be a March election' but I have to declare my previous convictions in punting on October 2007, April 2008, February, April and June 2009 and Boxing Day too!