In one of their interesting experiments (urging a Lib-Dem vote, supporting eugenics in the 1920s), The Guardian has shipped David Marr to the UK to give a forensic take on the general election.

How’s it going? Well it ain’t CSI:UK election. Where are the protesters, David wondered, perhaps stepping outside his hotel in the morning?

“Shouldn’t St James’s Square have been packed with demonstrators, with tulips trampled and police horses holding back the crowds? Where were the banners and loud speakers? Something big is happening here. A kingdom is at stake. But to this visitor’s eye, these mute demonstrators seem to catch the mood of the 2015 campaign … Much of the time, an election seems hardly to be happening at all.”

St James? In W1? The most expensive and deadened piece of real estate in Europe? Is it possible that people who care passionately either way about the union are out … campaigning in marginal electorates?

Apparently not, but Marr has suggestions. “What about a march, a rally, politicians rousing their troops in town hall meetings?”

Town Hall meetings? You mean like a hustings?  Well a list of them by day is available at

Here’s this evening’s list of 48: Cambridge Anglia Ruskin SU – Parliamentary HustingsNorwich South Arts and Culture – The Political DebateGlenrothes General Election Hustings with the CourierTelford Telford hustingsEdinburgh East Hustings for Edinburgh East ConstituencySunderland Central Made in Tyne and Wear – Sunderland CentralDwyfor Meirionnydd Dwyfor Meirionnydd Hustings at CricciethDundee West Dundee Housing HustingsDarlington HustingsSefton Central Hustings organised by Methodist ChurchMiddlesbrough Middlesbrough “Question Time” Election HustingsMorecambe and Lunesdale Morecambe and Lunesdale husting: final chance to quiz your candidatesWest Tyrone West Tyrone DecidesDenton and Reddish Community and Voluntary Action TamesideCroydon South HustingsHartlepool Hustings eventClwyd West Brynhyfryd School, RuthinNorth Shropshire North Shropshire hustings at Oswestry Methodist Church HallBristol North West HustingsPreston Election Hustings – meet the candidates for Wyre and Preston NorthNew Forest East General Election Hustings on Tuesday 28th April at 7.30pm at Hythe & Dibden Parish Hall, West Street Hythe SO45 6AAPoole Political Husting – OakdaleGuildford HustingsSouth Swindon Candidates hustings Question Time.New Forest West HustingsBassetlaw Worksop Election HustingsBristol South Friends of Suburban Bristol Railways Transport HustingsAberconwy HustingsChelsea and Fulham Chelsea & Fulham Constituency HustingsHackney North and Stoke Newington Election Hustings for Hackney, North and Stoke Newington at St Mary’s Church, Stoke Newington Church Street N16 9ESMid Dorset and North Poole Mid Dorset & North Poole Corfe Mullen HustingsTewkesbury Tewkesbury Constituency Election HustingsBraintreeHustingsWorcester HustingsBeckenham Public Meeting – HustingsNorth West Hampshire Whitchurch Hampshire General Election HustingsSkipton and Ripon HustingsEast Devon Vision Group for SidmouthNorth East DerbyshireChurches Together in Dronfield and District Election HustingsOxford West and Abingdon Environmental Hustings meeting for Oxford West & AbingdonWinchester Winchester Constituency: Church’s Together Winchester HustingsEast Hampshire All-candidate debateEdinburgh South West Juniper GreenHayes and Harlington Hillingdon Inter Faith NetworkBasingstoke Hook General Election HustingsTonbridge and Malling HUSTINGSFinchley and Golders Green Finchley and Golders Green Hustings: Hosted by London Jewish Cultural Centre

Pop along to one or two. Word to the wise — don’t ask about preference swaps. They… oh never mind …

You’ll find that one or two people are absolutely convinced an election is occurring. Primo digging, scoop.

Peter Fray

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