So the gloves are off! Cameron has formally asked the Queen to dissolve Parliament so the real campaigning for the 2015 General Election can begin. But with the closest result ever being predicted, who’s your money on? And is this going to be the nastiest run-in yet?
Let’s start with the Tories. We know what the Conservatives are all about. We’ve had them for five years, and we know that their goals are to destroy the working classes, privatise the NHS, and haggle over Europe. Let’s face it, they have made more u-turns than F1 World champ Lewis Hamilton. They have no interest in zero-hour contracts, foodbanks and young voters. Their strategy is to keep knocking the vulnerable and disabled in society with a Welfare Reform bill that has cost them billions to implement. They are obsessed with putting down the poor!
Then you have their coalition partners, the Lib Dems. If it comes down to a hung parliament, will Nick Clegg fancy another five years in bed with Cameron?
And with the SNP threatening to sweep across Scotland for Westminster seats, where does that leave Ed Miliband’s Labour?
Oh, and we ought not to forget UKIP though I would like to!
Sadly, my money is on the Conservatives again, but with a coalition that should make it hard for them to pass more of their austerity measures. I was born and brought up in London’s East End during the 1960s where voting anything other than Labour was unthinkable. I could never have imagined my dad, a fork-truck driver working in the docks, casting his vote in a tory direction.
But for the next five weeks, we are going to see some dirt flying before the outcome on 7th May.