Let the political snakes and ladders begin
You and I may be thinking of how many sleeps until Christmas, but spare a thought for the party candidate who knows he/she has just 13 constituency clinics until the General Election, which is expected to be officially called by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny in February next year.
With less than 100 days until the expected kick-off, we begin a political game of snakes and ladders, as candidates creep and crawl for voters, promising impossible things, offering friendship where there is none, and lying like it is going out of fashion.
The general election in 2011 saw the third-largest turnover of parliamentary representation in any western democracy since World War II. The forthcoming election will not see anything so dramatic but turnover will be high.