BBC’s Robinson: Brown to call 6 May election tomorrow

Gordon Brown will announce on Tuesday morning that the general election will, as expected, be held on 6 May, BBC political editor Nick Robinson says.

The prime minister will go to Buckingham Palace to ask the Queen to dissolve Parliament.

On returning from the Palace he will formally confirm the date and make a speech in Downing Street in which he will dub the election “the big choice”.

This is shaping up to be a bitter, personal and negative election campaign, given that the three main parties are all trying to stand on the same piece of ground, in the supposed centre of the political spectrum.  Rather than a battle of ideas we are about to witness a political beauty contest where the wives of the party leaders seem to offer more than their husbands.

No matter which party wins the election, the collective loser will be the British electorate. None of the main parties go anywhere close to addressing the major issues that matter to voters, and rather than there being big alternatives between the policies of the parties they are only offering subtle, nuanced differences.  Rarely has democracy been so depressing.

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2 Responses to “BBC’s Robinson: Brown to call 6 May election tomorrow”

  1. 1 Sinjun 06/04/2010 at 1:01 pm

    Rarely has democracy been so depressing

    Exactly. Overuse of the nouns ‘change’ and ‘alternative’ underscores just how desperate they are to market their anaemic social democratic politics as different.

    Happy Easter!

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