British poll campaign ignores vital issues

The United Kingdom's general election is a little more than a month away, but already the campaign seems to have been with us forever, rolling implacably forward, but with little evidence of any genuine excitement — or even significant movement in the polls. Support for the two main contenders — the Labour Party and the ruling Conservative Party — seems stuck in the low-to-mid 30s.

The Conservatives hope that the government's record on the economy will convince undecided voters to break in their favour late in the campaign. Maybe they are right; they deserve to be. In the meantime, Labour seems to be hoping for who-knows-what to turn the tide, while keeping their collective fingers crossed that they will not be eviscerated in Scotland, where the Scottish National Party is threatening to sweep the board.

One surprise is the election campaign's insularity. A dark cloud, in the form of a possible...

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