General election speculation feels different this time


It’s not a complete wall of silence, but the only question that matters isn’t being directly addressed.

Mr Sunak appeared briefly in front of a camera this morning to welcome the fall in inflation, but stuck to his formulation that the general election would be in the second half of the year.

And if he did call it soon-ish, it probably would be – because July is, just, in the second half of 2024.

As I type this in parliament’s Portcullis House, it is all folk are talking about.

Plausible cases are being made about why he could go for it now, and why he might not – by MPs of every political colour.

Over to him, and those around him, to clear it up.


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