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In 1983, an unpopular Labour leader faced a female Prime Minister, already ensconced in Downing Street with expectations the Conservatives would win.
Mrs Thatcher did, Labour slumped to 209 seats and that leader Michael Foot resigned within days.
Could history be about to repeat itself 34 years later?
Well if (yes, if) the polls are correct, 2017 will be much, much worse for Labour.
A YouGov poll published on Tuesday give the Conservatives a 21 point lead, it followed a ComRes one at the weekend which provided the same result.
On current projections that would see Labour win fewer than 200 seats, in a result not seen since 1935 (they only had 135 MPs).
Not a surprise then that Theresa May has acted to call that snap election.
And it is not just Labour.
Expectations are that this election will hit UKIP hard. Could it effectively kill them off?
The party currently has no MPs. It can't do worse in terms of representatives but following the referendum its electoral galvaniser of Brexit has disappeared.