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Wednesday, 6 June, 2001, 15:59 GMT 16:59 UK
The Campaign Today with Nick Robinson
Today's 6 June - that's D-Day. Spend Decision Day with your guide, philosopher and friend, Nick Robinson.
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So farewell then Charles, Tony and William. Adieu to those sticky pastries with gooey icing that for some reason our parties believe constitutes breakfast.
Bye bye soundbites, press releases and questions to ask. Oddly, I will miss you. Not so much that on Monday I won't relish that extra hour in bed and the company of my wife and children. Only four more years to wait.
The happiest man on this campaign's been cheerful Charlie Kennedy. Why? One of his strategists summed up his appeal with an American parallel - Kennedy combines, he claims, the personality of George Dubya with the policies of Al Gore. A formula which probably would have swept the US without the intervention of hanging chads.
Given New Labour's reputation for spin, honesty was the word the Lib Dems wanted associated with their man and they've succeeded where plain-speaking Yorkshireman William Hague has failed.
One final reason he's said to have done well - surprise. There was a widespread view in his party as well as among journalists that he lacked the energy and conviction to fight a good campaign.
Someone once said satisfaction equals expectation minus reality. In Kennedy's case that's produced a big plus.
I'm in a cab, coming back from the Tory news conference. Now which popular TV show did the whole thing remind me of...? (Click to listen)
Well, it was either the Weakest Link, or a version of Conservatives Anonymous. One by one, the key members of the shadow cabinet came up and confessed that they were indeed Conservatives.
"My name is Michael and I once voted Labour," he told us.
"My name is Ann and I was once out of tune with the '60s."
"My name is Francis, and I believe in mutual obligation."
The sketch-writers will have a joy, but if you want to focus on the content, it was actually quite interesting. The Tories saying that their policies were not about ideology, but about values.
And that people agreed with their values but didn't quite like their party, but should vote with their values.
I think it's quite a powerful theme, if only they'd used it a bit earlier. But it is another adaptation of their strategy, if not a change.
It may have come a little bit too late, and may be weighed down by all those embarrassing headlines making the link with Ann Robinson.
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