Where have all the Tories gone? especially Anna Soubry is a question I have heard constantly during this election campaign. Even her emails have been low key — which fits in with my belief that the Conservatives really believe they have Broxtowe in the bag and are deliberately running a low profile campaign.
An email from a friend in Stoke yesterday (Tuesday) included this pic of three 'letters' and seven leaflets through the letter box from the Conservatives in the past five weeks, with no doubt a couple more to follow. Just four leaflets from Labour. In past elections they have seen zilch from the Conservatives.
This fits in nicely with an interesting post to the BBC Election 2017 webpage yesterday about where Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May have been visiting during the election campaign? The story is headed 'Election 2017: How do the parties expect to do?'.
It makes interesting reading and explains why most Broxtowe Conservative activists may well be working elsewhere, if at all.
Our 17 year old grandson is more left-wing than us and lives in the West Midlands and is taking a keen interest in the election, to the point where he participated in a Channel 4 discussion in Wolverhampton (he gets to speak about 9 minutes in and makes the audience laugh by pointing out how bad the UK economy was before we voted to join the Common Market in 1973). I asked him last night for his take on the election and this is what he said in his email:
I haven't particularly changed my election predictions since the start of the campaign. The Labour campaign has been good, yes. As well as the Conservative campaign having been genuinely awful. There is no doubt that Theresa May is now damaged goods. I think her being overthrown by her party in the next five years is quite likely, though I can't think of anybody I'd rather be Leader of the Conservative Party that isn't genuinely awful.
Even still, I have this feeling of intense dread about the result. It feels kind of like I'm amidst a slowmotion car crash. I have two exams on Friday, so I can't stay up. I'll wait for the Exit Poll, and if it's as bad as I think it is, I'll then go to bed.
Another close friend in Greenwich, now 75, and his wife, born on exactly the same day as me, are working their socks off. No one is taking anything for granted. The atmosphere is 'tense'. If this being reflected in Labour held seats across the UK, then it explains why Jeremy Corbyn has visited so many 'safe' Labour constituencies (see BBC link above).
We will know soon enough. No more until Friday when we will either be living a miracle or facing a future none of wants to think about before we have to.