Overheard on the train:
Woman: “You going to the Conservative conference?”
Man*: “Yes, but I’m not a Conservative, I’m just speaking at an event ”
Woman: “Oh, no me neither, I’m organising an event I’m not in that main hall, all that blue rinse”
Both over-eager to disassociate from Tory-ness, as if it were a slight stain on the character. After 12 years. It’s strange.
Of course, this is terrible news for people opposing the Conservatives: it means that current polls are probably understating their lead (though see this view at UK Polling Report).
*well, me. But as a genuine swing voter (look, I just want the right policies ok?), I take myself as a reasonable weathervane. People who have made money in the City can -rightly- feel ever so uncomfortable about seeming to vote to preserve their already large advantage