A Very British Dude hit the nail squarely with his take on the Bracknell open primary. Dr Phillip Lee for Bracknell, Dr Sarah Woolaston to succeed Anthony Steen at Totnes (soon to be 'Disgraced Former MP Anthony Steen'), and even Teresa Pearce, an accountant with PwC, as Labour's PPC for Erith and Thamesmead all add up to one thing - voters are sick to the back teeth of the political class. Given the chance they will pick local candidates grounded in the community with achievements other than politician or political organiser and who are likely to be more independently minded that the blow-ins and apparatchiks favoured by central party HQ.
I am encouraged by this trend, if trend it is. If the 2005 intake, the Rotten Parliament, becomes known as the nadir of our Parliamentary democracy then the only way is up - and ending the reign of the loathsome metropolitan political class and all their associated party and media hacks and dags is the first sign of the recovering health of our democracy.