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Paul Geater

Thursday, December 5, 2019

When Yougov published the results of its "mega" MRP poll last week showing that the Conservatives were on course to win a 68-seat majority in the 2019 General Election, I found their findings credible.

We are now just two weeks away from the 2019 General Election - it really is the business end of the campaign when people really are going to have to make up their minds how to vote.

Watching this week's 2019 General Election debate reminded me so much of watching a Champion's League second-leg match between two heavyweight teams where one starts 3-0 ahead after the first skirmish.

General elections are nothing if they not major media events - and the way the parties are playing news organisations has always been a feature of how democracy works in this country.

A week on from the confirmation that the 2019 General Election will be held on December 12, we've been undergoing the traditional "phoney war" as parliamentary business is polished off and former MPs return to their constituencies.

So we've finally got a decision and we are going for a General Election on December 12 - the first case of Jingle Polls since the 1920s!

Over recent weeks, I've tried to keep this column as Brexit-free as possible - but there really is only one political show in town at the moment and I'm starting to think the issue could have a serious impact on Suffolk politics.

When they first hit the headlines by protesting in London and other cities across the world a few months ago, I had considerable sympathy for the Extinction Rebellion protesters and their cause.

Anyone who has seen my column over the last couple of years will know of my concerns about the violent language that is increasingly being used in political debates in this country.

Ipswich's new-look Cornhill has certainly proved to be a significant meeting place this month with three major protests taking place - or at least gathering there.

If Boris Johnson had had his way a couple of weeks ago we wouldn't be at the start of the party conference season now, we would have been at the start of a general election campaign.

I've always had a fairly benign view of local councillors - I'm sure that the vast majority put themselves up for election to make life better (as they see it) for their local communities.

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