How exciting - a contested election.
I think this is good news. I have enjoyed as much as anyone the positive press coverage of the last weekend, and particularly the new eco towns proposal. I reckon that in an uncontested election, though, the press would quite quickly have got bored of seven weeks of 'Gordon Brown tours the country on his own'.
Providing everyone plays nice and doesn't use the opportunity to turn the election into a 1980's re-enactment society, I think the next few weeks could be lots of fun and help to galvanise the Labour Party and get new people involved.