Part of my school grounds, in a ward that typically elects Labour councillors, has a polling station in it every year, so as someone with a more than passing interest in politics it is always interesting to see the activity that goes on.
In previous years we have seen tellers for the Lib Dems and Labour, but not this year. But the most surprising thing was that in the 45 minutes I was outside taking a PE lesson today, not one person came to vote. This is a polling station that covers about 400 or more houses, where more than a thousands registered voters live, and yet nobody was coming out to vote.
As I left school this evening at six o'clock, I spoke to one of the polling staff who was stretching his legs. I asked him if it was as quiet as it looked, and he said turnout was only one third of what it would typically be by 10pm and that it was looking likely that turnout would be significantly down. he also reported other Norwich polling stations were noticing less people voting.
Now I am fully aware that more people vote by post, but you have to wonder if there are a lot of Labour voters staying at home today.