With the party conferences kicking off, surely only the BBC will be devoting more than a mobile cam crew and a local correspondent on their doings (mobile in case a better story involving a donkey or an amusing cat breaks while they're in the area). The Speccie comments "The website ConservativeHome (which now stages its own conferences) last month surveyed Conservative constituency associations which do return membership figures. It ads up to just under 60,000 paid-up members. This suggests total membership is unlikely to exceed 100,000 — less than half of the 253,600 when Cameron was elected leader."
If this is the case the total membership of the big three may not be the 1% of the electorate of 45m that I have been quoting - but a devastatingly irrelevant 0.5%.
But of course the BBC and the other channels will continue to give these non-events of the most minority of small-membership organisations in the country undue coverage. Their future depends on the continuance of a central metropolitan political class divorced from the people they govern. And now it really won't be long before we have to subsidise them even further from our taxes as their membership flatlines - unless, as with me, this is one line that I draw in the sand. The answer remains NO.