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Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Disillusionment with parties grows

One interesting snippet from the Social Attitudes Survey revealed today; those who think it's not worth voting have risen from 8% to 18% since 1996. I make that an increase of 125% - about the most significant change in the entire survey.

You won't hear it from the BBC, though. Their take on the survey headlines the gay rights changes.

There's an almost universal self-delusion amongst the political class - politicians and their dags, political commentators and journalists - that manifests itself as 'business as usual' in British politics. Despite the main parties' membership having fallen below 1% of the electorate. Despite the danger that turn out at the next election will fall below 50% for the first time ever. Despite the main parties being funded by Oligarchs and foreign governments. Despite the opprobrium in which the nation holds this Rotten Parliament.

As the main parties have become national consumer 'brands' rather than local mass-member associations, so they have haemorrhaged local support and funding and so confidence in democracy has waned. And with good reason. People know that real power is exercised by an unelected antidemocratic cabal in Brussels, and that this is maintained and supported by a crooked and disingenuous domestic political class operating across the political spectrum.

Cameron's refusal to give the British people a choice on Europe is costing him dear; he's barely scoring the 10% lead he needs to achieve a hung Parliament. I estimate the referendum U-turn is costing him a further lead of 6% - 7%, but it's a hit he's prepared to take for Europe's sake.

This sickness in our democracy will not go away, no matter how much the political class pretend it's not there. Our inaction now will come back to haunt us.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The trouble with not voting is that our dim-witted politicians think they have got their mandate even with less than 50% turnout. Also, it gives extremism a window of opportunity.

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