Bloomberg surmises that although June 3 is the last date the Prime Mentalist can call the election, the locals scheduled for May 6* is the date implied by a 34-page Labour document, “General Election Handbook Part 1 — A day-by- day planner for your general election campaign,” issued to candidates at the conference.
The handbook is an idiots guide for activists detailing tasks to perform every day. For example on Thursday, March 18, it instructs them to “follow up budget coverage.”
At the beginning of April, candidates are told “increase the campaign activity to a maximum level” and switch to the “Short Campaign Handbook,” which details what to do once an election is called.
The Labour Party is stretched financially and the union paymasters know that Labour is set to lose, so they would rather throw money at one not two elections, therefore combining the two campaigns makes sense. The sooner the better…
*Chief Crazy Horse of the Sioux famouly surrendered to the United States on May 6. Somehow seems relevant.
UPDATE : It is also Tony Blair’s bithday, so it will be nice for him to see his heir take his old job.