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Speak to actual voters? It didn’t help much in the last election

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Everyone agrees that journalists ought to get out of their offices and talk to people to find out what is really going on. This is especially true in election campaigns, when we can be trapped in a bubble of TV, social media and opinion polls – we need to get out and talk to the voters, don’t we?

Well, up to a point. During the last election campaign I went out canvassing with some candidates. I particularly remember a Liberal Democrat target seat in the southwest, where nearly every voter said how utterly marvellous Theresa May........

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