Some readers of this blog may be wondering what I and my helpers are doing when I/we go round Ely and Soham and the villages - some large, some small - of South East Cambridgeshire, my home area and my prospective constituency. On a good day, I make a point of doing the opposite of what politicians are supposed to do, which is to kiss babies and shake hands with the mothers. When I can and when I dare, I kiss the mothers and shake hands with the babies. I always enjoyed electioneering, even back in the 1960s when I went round with the late Lord Pym (then Mr Francis Pym, M.P,).
What I am also doing is distributing what is called my 'introductory leaflet,' which is intended for use as an introduction for those who don't know me already. Incidentally, I am amazed by the numbers of people who either know me or know of me already. I told an interviewer a few months back that I thought that I would have no 'name recognition' problem and so it transpires. And I am finding lots of solid support for my independent line.
What I am also amazed by is the apparent apathy and lack of enthusiasm on the part of supposed Conservative supporters. Unlike when Sue and I were active in the Party (before 1999, when I resigned from it), there are very few active Conservative branches and, it seems, very few active Conservatives. They are in for a shock come polling day. I wonder if it's the same all over the country. If so, Mr Cameron is also in for a shock.