POSTED: Thursday 5 May, 2200BST
The dignified silence is over - which means the Election Monitor can return to active duty.
Just as over the past four weeks, the cream of our correspondents will be pouring themselves into this weblog. And, as ever, your comments are welcome.
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As as the seconds tick away, let the fun begin.
I will preface this with the fact that I am a card carrying, small-c Conservative. A Libertarian, one might say. Much like Canada, you have a Tory Leader with the panache of a mannequin. Similarly, a sheltered "rich kid" poses as a "man of the people" for Labour (in Canada... Liberals). Looks like y'all have the same dilemma we have here. Labour, Tory....same old story. It's good to know the Commonwealth countries still share some fine traditions. When will we ever learn?
Goldie Powell, Toronto, Canada
The most important post-election announcement will be by Tony Blair. To avoid being a lame prime minister, he needs to give the date when he intends to resign as Prime Minister. And he needs to announce his plans for trying to appear to distance himself from supporting any particular successor whilst taking steps to ensure his personal choice succeeds him in this post!
Barry Wilkinson, Thetford, UK
Patiently waiting for news that those who participated in an illegal war have tasted the consequences. Unfortunately though, you Brits have other issues that need attending and know that a vote for the Tories will not see implementation of legislation needed to bring your dreams to fruition. We have a similar political situation in Canada. For both countries, the cure is worse than the curse so we have no choice but to endure the curse.
Simon White, New Waterford, Nova Scotia, Canada
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