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Tuesday, Dec 07, 2021
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Two Pocket Seats

No loudspeaker appeals in the streets, no banners, hardly any posters, very few election rallies.

Two Pocket Seats
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Two Pocket Seats
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For an Indian correspondent visiting Britain during an election campaign, there is an almost deathly silence when compared to our raucous poll periods. No loudspeaker appeals in the streets, no banners, hardly any posters, very few election rallies.

In the two constituencies I visit, the campaign concentrates on door-to-door canvassing by parliamentary candidates and a handful of party volunteers. I first visit Orpington in Kent and follow Jo Johnson, a friend, on his rounds. Jo is the sitting Tory MP from Orpington and remains a junior minister and head of the policy unit in the PM's Office till the election on May 7. Earlier, Jo was in Delhi from 2005 to 2008 as the South Asia Bureau Chief of the Financial Times of London.

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