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Phwoarrr... crumbs... aieeee. The United Kingdom, at time of writing, is going to the polls for a general election on December 12. A five-week campaign (after parliament dissolves next week), with the polling day at the eve of winter, when darkness comes at 4pm, it's damp throughout, and sodding Christmas is on the way.