Well, they're off.
I have to say, that for the first time ever in a general election race that I can remember, I feel utterly disconnected from the political process.
The Labour party under Gordon Brown has become increasingly authoritarian and arrogant, and has made a complete hash of the economy. Remember all the statements about how healthy the UK economy was, and how well placed it was to weather the global recession? Now it turns out that we have done more badly than just about every other country in Europe. On top of that, we've got things like ID cards and the Digital Economy Bill that are chipping away at civil liberties with no returns for the average person that I can see.
On the other side, I have no confidence in Cameron's Conservatives to do anything positive to sort things out. It's all spin, with no real difference in policies, apart from a couple of billion in cuts and taxes here and there that isn't going to have any real effect overall.
I'd like to think that the Lib Dems might make a breakthrough, but I doubt it somehow. I just get a nasty feeling that this election will turn out to have a low turnout with voter apathy meaning that we end up with a hung parliament.
I don't know - I guess I'll just have to watch the debates and read the manifestos, make a choice (even if it is the lesser of several evils) and then hold whoever gets elected to account.
In other news, I appear to be involved in a great Transatlantic chicken-flying-game-off-of-Wii-Fit battle with Nancy and Helly. Here is photographic proof of my best score so far: