So when I was sitting beside Olly Grender on the BBC News Channel I almost laughed out loud when I heard her repeat Nick Clegg's claim that people should always vote for the party they support. Ever since 1997 the LibDems have been the main proponents of tactical voting! If you don't believe me, have a look at this little selection of quotes from LibDem campaigns guru, Lord Rennard...
"There are some Labour voters in those seats who will have to choose in those particular constituencies between a senior Conservative being their MP and a Liberal Democrat." (Lord Rennard, ThisIsDorset, 24 February 2005)
"It is absolutely clear that Labour cannot win here [West Worcestershire] and many Labour supporters will look at the facts and switch to the Lib Dems in this constituency. The Lib Dems will mount a very strong challenge to get the vital few extra votes needed for victory." (Lord Rennard, ThisIsWorcestershire, 31 January 2005)
So let's have little less hubris from the LibDems about tactical voting.
And let's all agree that Ed Balls and Peter Hain have only jumped on this particular bandwagon because of the parlous state of the Labour campaign. I mean just when you think it can't get any more shambolic, you get a Labour candidate telling us Gordon Brown is the worst Prime Minister ever and two Labour candidates advise Labour voters to vote for another party.
You couldn't make it up.
Has there ever been a more bizarre election campaign?