the election campaign

I think the general trend of the polls – a gradual improvement for Labour and the Lib-Dems at the expense of the Tories – has been interesting.

I suspect it’s that people are reacting to a month of seeing both Blair and Howard on TV all the time. There’s just no contest. I know a lot of pundits are saying that Blair is a liability this time, but he still comes across as more sincere, more likeable, and above all more competent than Michael Howard. And the Tory ‘do you trust Blair?’ strategy has backfired, because people have looked at both of them and thought “actually, we may not trust him as much as we used to, but we certainly trust him more than you“.

Blair is just so much more mediatic (as Florentino P