This has been a strange election campaign for me. I've largely sat on the sidelines, other than the online bits and pieces I've done through The Hand Mirror, although the flurry of activity in our house has been non-stop, as the HQ for the local Labour electorate campaign. This is the least I've done for an election since 1993, when I was too young to vote.
And weirdly this year I have the most at stake personally. For our family a change of Government could mean we both lose our (union) jobs at a time when we have one non-productive unit* in the house and are already squeezed tight to manage the associated increased costs that go with that. Other family members, and good friends, are quite reliant on many of the initiatives the Labour-led government has brought in since 1999, or vulnerable to changes that a National-Act coalition might want to make, such as benefit cuts, decreasing Government subsidies for visits to the doctor or childcare, scrapping apprenticeships, culling the public service, or allowing employers to insist that they trade away their fourth week of annual leave. I could go on a fair bit, but I'll stop myself there because it gets too depressing.
Tomorrow I'm going to put aside some serious time to think about possible silver linings of a National-led Government. There will be some. Janet's already commented about a few over at The Standard.
And talking of The Standard I'll be guest live blogging at their place tomorrow night. Not sure how that'll go, but I'm also hoping to do a bit of posting here, as time allows, about some of the key electorate battles involving women candidates and anything else I notice in the coverage that might be of particular pertinence to our readers.
* As Act might say ;-)