Hardened campaigners know that the best way to meet voters is to knock on their door and introduce yourself. To get close enough to see the whites of their eyes, to mis-quote Sir Andrew Agnew at Dettingen.
This week I joined my county colleagues in their doorstep campaign for their elections, which are definitely on the fifth of May. They started in a solid Labour area so we were hoping for a good response and I thought the response was good. The issues raised here were more to do with local matters. "My roof leaks and the council hasn't fixed it" rather than in depth discussion about macro-economic policy.
However, while there was a degree of unhappiness with Labour there was no desire to vote Tory. One bloke summed it up "It's Labour or nothing". He has an issue with the County Council which needs sorting so hopefully we can deal with that and he will be Labour this time.
Now we've got to get them to turn out on the day!