Thursday 9th April 1992 - General Election.
Wednesday 16th September 1992 - result of the next one became a foregone conclusion, even if it did take four and a half years to arrive.
Thursday 6th May 2010 - General Election.
Wednesday 20th October 2010 - result of the next one became a foregone conclusion, even if it will take four and a half years to arrive.
The economy had picked up by the 1997 Election, but who cared, or even noticed?
Ed Miliband now has the chance to give us what we would have had if John Smith had lived. But he will need a body of MPs, even if initially small, both to hold him to that and to protect him against the more obnoxious sections of his party, people whose happiest day was when Smith died. AV makes such a body perfectly possible. If we use it properly.