Is going to be called tomorrow and will take place a month from then.
It will be an interesting one. All signs should point to a comprehensive defeat for the incumbent Labour government - the financial crisis, the expenses scandal and the general fatigue of thirteen years under one party should mean victory for the Conservative opposition. But it's not quite that clear cut. The Tories are leading in the polls, but not by as much as they would like and the peculiarities of our electoral system mean there is some doubt about whether they will be able to form a majority government. I feel that some of the talk about a hung parliament has been overstated and it looks to me that we will be seeing a Conservative victory with a small but workable majority, but it is certainly clear that the country has not taken to David Cameron and the Tories in any great numbers or with any great enthusiasm. If they do win it seems it will be more of a cause of the lesser of two evils triumphing in they eyes of many Britons.
I would just encourage everyone who cares at all about our society and can vote to do so. Look at the prospective polices and draft manifestos of Labour, the Tories, the Lib Dems and any other parties standing in your constituency and see which appeals most to you. Also remember that you are not just voting for a party or a Prime Minister but for a Member of Parliament to represent your constituency - look up the voting record of your current MP on They Work For You and read the websites and campaign materials of the candidates in your area.
As for me, I'm not yet sure where my vote is going. I will never vote Tory - it simply runs counter to every instinct and ideal in me and the opportunism and shallowness of the Shadow Cabinet's proclamations on the economy really worry me. I cannot vote for this Labour government - I haven't forgiven Iraq and there are too many other betrayals and disappointments for me to yet consider it. And the Lib Dems? They are probably closer to me on policy than the others, but I don't entirely trust them or the consistency of their convictions. Nick Clegg worries me and I'm yet to be convinced by them. So, a smaller party or a spoilt ballot, then? Perhaps. I'm certainly not going to vote simply on the basis of the least worst option and will instead only vote for someone who is at least somewhat close to me politically. I will have to see who - if anyone - impresses in the campaign.
Anyhoo, thoughts? Intentions? Predictions? If nothing else it is shaping up to be the most interesting and significant election in this country since '97. Turnout will be a curious one to watch when you consider the rather contradictory factors of immense distrust of politicians - which should drive it down - and the scent of a change of government in the air - which should drive it up.
EDIT - here be a video of Brown calling the election