For the first time since 1923, the United Kingdom will go to the polls in a snap general election in December, less than two weeks before Christmas Day.
As you may or may not know (depending how often you read this blog), I love the trials and tribulations of British Politics, and a general election is the Michelin-starred dish for those that like to write about it.
So, a general election served up for Christmas really does make the this holiday season a particularly exciting prospect.
Aside from the personal things I like about Christmas, and the personal things I wish I could change about Christmas in my life, there is no getting away from the fact that the festive period is what the majority of us work up to enjoying all year long.
There is just something really powerful about people out and about in the dark, damp evenings, shopping for gifts, enjoying their Christmas parties, going to Pantomimes and all the other fayre that goes with it.
To chuck a General Election into the mix, whilst possibly not very appetising to some, is going to absolutely make this festive season for me.
Some of the things that will be quite intriguing to see as the election campaign unfolds, and the days get colder, will be;
> What effect will the weather have on campaign planning?
> How will the campaigns deal with the shorter periods of daylight?
> Will the “campaign bus” be as prominent in this election?
> What happens if polling day is affected by heavy snowfall?
Those are just some of the things that will make this campaign unique, historical, and critical for the future of this country.
One thing that seems a certainty for this campaign, more so than any others in recent history, it will be considerably more divisive, full of rhetoric and really quite personal.