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Voter apathy and angst

Having left the country for less than two weeks, I have returned to find that Great British Bake Off presenter Sue Perkins has been hounded from Twitter, having been named as a potential vacancy filler at Top Gear; we're at the start of a three-month heatwave; and that Ed Miliband is as popular as Justin Bieber among teenage girls.

24 April 2015

Having left the country for less than two weeks, I have returned to find that Great British Bake Off presenter Sue Perkins has been hounded from Twitter, having been named as a potential vacancy filler at Top Gear; we're at the start of a three-month heatwave; and that Ed Miliband is as popular as Justin Bieber among teenage girls.

I thought that visiting New York would restore my confidence in Great Britain as a place of pastoral calm and progress, but the tight grip of election fever has unsettled this. I fear that if I go away again I'll come back to find Chris Grayling in a Tory leadership battle with BoJo. No, surely not...

Already, this feels like the longest election campaign in memory. The ticker has been counting down ...

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