Towards the end of the last parliament a cartoon showed a lady asking her husband, “Is it possible to be sick of an election before it’s started?” Many will have the same thought long before – 365 days from today – we choose our next government.
For David Cameron, though, the year will feel terrifyingly short. Last night the PM reassured his troops that they can take on UKIP – the biggest worry for many in the party – by reminding voters that only the Conservatives can deliver a referendum and real change. Grumpy though some Tories are, they know Cameron remains their biggest electoral asset. They also know there is no alternative; as my polling has shown, Boris is popular but no silver bullet.