As the Tories’ poll lead heads south and the prospect of a hung parliament moves closer and closer to reality, one can really only marvel at Labour’s ability to defy gravity, and wonder whether the Prime Minister is secretly employing mass hypnosis techniques on a large section of the electorate.
Still, hope springs eternal. This morning’s shock revelation by Andrew Rawnsley that Gordon Brown is emotionally unfit to govern (as if we needed telling) might give the undecided a decisive nudge in the right direction, but if they don’t and a hung Parliament it must be, so be it. Perhaps we need to endure a few more years of pain, mistrust and social unrest before the nation finally awakes from its apathetic torpor.
There is, of course, one policy which would sweep Cameron to power in a landslide, but his position on the matter is sadly all too evident, the argument being some kind imagined threat to party unity. Are they seriously trying to kid us that they couldn’t have found 600-odd candidates who were unanimous about taking us out of the European Union?
If the Liberal Democrats were truly liberal, in the event of a hung parliament they would align themselves with the Conservatives and give this, the most illiberal, authoritarian, interventionist government in three-and-a-half centuries, an unceremonious punt into the political wilderness.
But they aren’t, so they won’t.