A reporting team from The Guardian has been on the road with Jeremy Corbyn and provides an inside look at him when he is not in the public eye. One gets the impression of a man who is comfortable in his own skin and knows who he is and what he wants, who becomes uncomfortable only when he feels pressured to answer hypothetical questions for which there really are no good answers. Meanwhile Conservative leader Teresa May has come across as phony and somewhat bumbling.
On the road, Corbyn looks happier than at Westminster. Even his opponents acknowledge he is a good campaigner, as he demonstrated in the two leadership contests. And he has got better: he has learned. He is more disciplined than he used to be. When making keynote speeches or at rallies, he is more inclined to stick to a prepared speech, with just an occasional ad-lib. He is more at ease with a teleprompter too.
If he was genuinely anxious, one of his first moves would be, like other politicians, to dive for a smartphone to check in with party headquarters or search for the latest poll figures. Instead, he goes in search of a knife to cut up a chocolate brownie cake, a present from the previous event. He takes his time, distributing it among the small team of aides accompanying him.
It is one of the traits critics in the party have rounded on: that he concentrates on small things, such as ensuring everyone has tea or coffee, rather than keeping all his energy for the big issues, the big decisions. But it is a trait that endears him to others, not least his aides.
If Labour loses, the campaign still had lots of positives. He has enthused the young. Some of those who once believed the tabloid demonisation of him have warmed to him. He has shown the Conservatives to be vulnerable. And he has moved policies once regarded as radical – even socialist – into the mainstream.
Most of the British newspapers (such as the The Times, The Financial Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Daily Mail, and The Sun), including of course those owned by Rupert Murdoch, have strongly endorsed the Conservatives, with only The Guardian and The Daily Mirror going for Labour.
Given the large amount of media support for her, it is still likely that Conservatives will win the majority of seats, unfortunately. The latest YouGov seat-by-seat poll analysis gives the Conservatives 308 seats with 42% of the vote, Labour 261 seats with 38% of the vote, and the Scottish National Party 47 seats with 4% of the vote. 326 seats are required for a parliamentary majority.