Flying back from Manchester yesterday in the dark of night and somewhere over Bristol, I was naturally surprised to see quite clearly out of the window on the right hand side of the airplane where I was sitting, an easily visible, though not externally illuminated, flying pig.
It was at that precise point the stranger sitting next to me began to speak. That was equally unexpected as previously it was my friend sitting there, but this unfamiliar face and voice began to address me on the subject of the forthcoming UK general election in June.
He claimed in a calm and assured tone that for humane and caring voters the only sensible priority upon which to focus was getting rid of the Tories. He said – I think obviously and correctly – that no one Party at the moment could achieve this. He suggested there would necessarily need to be a coalition of opposition.
His idea, if I can quickly summarise, was how at the very least the Green Party, Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the Scottish National Party should agree to not oppose one another in marginal seats where it was likely any one of these [or other similar] Party candidates could be elected at the expense of the Conservative standing for election.
His further calculation was how statistically this would inevitably prove a successful means of reducing the Tory majority on the one hand, and on the other, if further factors additionally supported this, could possibly even displace them from leading the next government. Whilst acknowledging how that expedient coalition might well prove itself a problematic leadership, it would still be inherently preferential to a self-serving and mean-minded Conservative government holding power.
It was a longish conversation but this is the gist and it was very soon after the stranger had finished speaking that we landed at our destination.