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I’ll be glad when it’s over. The general election that is. We seem to be living through an electrified hiatus. The nervous tension, just waiting for the off, is threatening more cardiac arrests than our enervated NHS could possibly cope with. The year 1979 was pre-history; 1983 saw the Labour party make a valiant effort to disregard the television age; 1987 saw the introduction of mobile telephones; 1992 saw John Major’s soap box succeed where Canute had failed; 1997 is going to see the arrival of virtual campaigning and prefigure 21st century elections. First time round, as with the presidential…

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