Colin Bland is not a name that will be familiar to most of you. But this man may be in part responsible for ruining your enjoyment of election night. He is the chief executive of Broadland District Council who broke convention and ordered the count for the Norwich North by election to take place on the Friday rather than the usual Thursday night/Friday morning. It seems his colleagues in other councils have taken this as a green light to plan to do the same for the general election. The Sunday Times has the full story HERE. Up to a quarter of councils may opt to count on the Friday.
So not only do trains run more slowly than they did 100 years ago, election counts are slower too. All in the name of progress, no doubt.
I suppose the only consolation is that the election "night" programme will last much longer than usual! But it will undoubtedly make the whole event less exciting.
So, time to lobby your own local council to keep to Thursday night, perhaps?