I'm hoping this will be recorded by BBC Parliament for viewing later at some time, but fear Peter Kellner's Reuters lecture will be buried in obscurity. Following a YouGov poll (not yet on their site) that reveals that 62% of us think politicians lie all the time (presumably the other 38% think they only lie some of the time) the Indie offers a brief teaser, quoting Kellner as saying
We are drifting towards a political system in which a combination of modern technology, mendacious journalism and angry voters will undermine representative democracy.
Which seems to suggest that Kellner lays none of the blame at the feet of the political class itself. Mendacious journalists and mendacious politicians live symbiotically, coprophage organisms both, each eating the other's shit. And in my view the greatest undermining of representative democracy is the centralisation of party politics, the disempowering of the grass roots and the change from political parties as mass membership organisations to consumer brands sold by the same marketing techniques as soft drinks or deodorant.
The combination of modern technology and angry voters, far from undermining representative democracy, may be its saviour. Catherine Ashton, Kellner's wife, may wish she were insulated from the popular reality of public opinion on the EU's federast ambitions, may wish we were limited to the distorted mendacity put out from the Berlaymont and the tame BBC. And it's surely the refuge of a rascal to blame the voters for being angry. Haven't we got enough to be angry about?