If the media are to be believed, this election is exciting, groundbreaking etc. And perhaps, from their perspective, it is. The television debates have dominated discussion and given the media a chance to talk about their favourite subject – themselves. And we have the prospect of a hung parliament being talked up day by day and keeping political pundits talking into the small hours.
But there is no real substance to the election. What is the ideological difference between the three? There are some differences about the role of public spending in managing the economy, Brown arguing that cuts too soon would be damaging in a sort of Keynesian manner. But there is not the sense that any of the three would be significantly different or would bring in some new dawn. I just about remember 1979 and the sense that it was a big moment. And 1997 had some of that sense too. But 2010 seems utterly forgettable by such yardsticks.