The covid-19 pandemic is not the first one to have hit the world , The general election of 1918 was a ‘cynical muddle’ held as influenza killed thousands across a country emerging from the First World War. Like the 2021 elections, the 1918 general election, held a month after the Armistice on 14 December, had been long postponed. By the end of the First World War, MPs had not ‘gone to the country’ for eight years. The arguments for holding an election were straightforward: not only did the government wish to seek a fresh mandate before heading into the peace negotiations, but the new electorate including, for the first time, millions of women clearly deserved a say in the direction of peacetime reconstruction. Do you think that there is anything new under the sun ?