As we enter the last full week of campaigning, and with just 10 days of campaigning left, here are some views about the campaign. The last big event is the third and final Leader’s debate on Thursday. The theme is the economy and this is Gordon Brown’s big opportunity. Not only is this his strongest area, it is David Cameron’s weakest, and Nick Clegg is no Vince Cable. Expect Gordon to come out of this debate stronger than the first two, and he recorded the best improvement between debates 1 and 2. Nationally, anything can yet happen in this unpredictable election. Tactical voting could yet decide certain results. It is just a shame that Clegg is becoming so hostile to Brown. His Tory origins are beginning to come through.
Locally, also on Thursday, is the debate at the church by the Fire Station. Nancy Platts will hope that the fire fighters will be there to support her. Her campaign regarding the fire station has been stronger than most local issues. Charlotte Vere must be keenly looking forward to May 7th so that she can leave Brighton for the last time and seek a safe Tory seat in outer London. She hasn’t done badly, but her campaign has never really gelled, and it is hard to see what she can do over the next 10 days to salvage things. Her attacks on Caroline Lucas have proved counter-productive and she should have avoided name-checks to the front-runner. If you attack, you must land a killer blow or else you look petty and partisan.
As for Caroline Lucas, she needs to continue to motivate her supporters. The pressure will be on her and she needs to make sure she takes some time for herself, does not come across publicly or privately, as stressed. She needs to continue to charm and show what a formidable alternative politician she is. Her supporters need to redouble their efforts, but her campaign manager must ensure that she enjoys the next 10 days. It is the Greens’ campaign to lose. I can’t see Nancy or Charlotte landing that killer blow on her campaign.
History becons. Don’t do anything risky, work hard, and the Greens will make their historic breakthrough.