To say that this is an unusual general election campaign would be an understatement. The most common assessment of it is that it is dull, which, in terms of the personalities involved (pace Nigel Farage) is true. The level of debate ranges between the robotic and the manic, when politicians you could not put a cigarette paper between in terms of philosophy indulge in faux outrage and attack one another for the benefit of television viewers.

Yet this “dull” election is also the most revolutionary we have experienced in anyone’s lifetime. For a start, barring something close to divine intervention, we already know the result and have known it since the day the election was called. Some might say this is not unprecedented; there was a similar atmosphere in 1997. Similar, but not identical. In 1997, even among seasoned observers, there was an acceptance that things might alter at least slightly in the course of the campaign. Such changes occur, cf. Theresa May in 2017, though that was not to the advantage of the Tories.