My evidence is patchy, I admit, picked up from conversations with MPs and candidates in the past few weeks who report a keenness on the doorstep from voters who are ready to get stuck in and are merely waiting for the right kind of politician to come along. Party affiliation may now be a downright disadvantage for those courting votes. But those who can present themselves as independents, either in name or in spirit, willing to stand against homogeneity or the diktats of London power brokers, will have the upper hand.
If David Cameron gets in, he may be just in time. Another Parliament and the tide will have gone out on those whose career was always only politics and spin. Yes, there is a straight choice between Cameron and Brown. But if what you see on your screen troubles you, look beyond for the authentic, independent voices, many sporting party colours, some not, who have been listening to your anger. They are out there, and they are a reason not to despair.
The public have been way ahead of the moribund old parties on this; we've been sick of the loathsome political class for some time. This hasn't stopped either party from fielding blow-in dags who have no experience other than politics or political organising for seats in the next Parliament, but their time too will come.