In large part it was Helena Kennedy's 'Power' Inquiry that inspired me to become engaged in encouraging our political class to mend their ways. A leftish barrister and life-peer with all-party confidence, a ringing endorsement from a young slim-faced Cameron at the QEII conference centre, Kennedy started by defining the problem. For years politicians had been attributing low voting turn-outs and falling party memberships to something they called 'voter apathy'. Here's the research, said Kennedy, and it's not voter apathy. They just don't like you.
That was back in 2006, before the unmasking of the Rotten Parliament. Right, OK, said the political class. Nice piece of research. Now what are we going to do about all this voter apathy?
The 'Power' Inquiry also came up with the only workable way of political funding that left the funding decision up to each voter; this was completely ignored by the egregious Hayden Phillips and again more recently by the deeply corrupt funding recommendations from Christopher Kelly's committee.
Then of course was the Rotten Parliament. It's not fair, said MPs, we're special. It is fair, said the public, and you're not.
Now they're right back in believing it's all voter apathy. Let's introduce 24 hour voting in Tesco, iPad voting, televised red-button TV polling, emailing photos of your voting slips they chime as yet another comprehensive piece of research is published that show that the public hate them more than ever and are enraged by their continued complacency.
Incidentally, the poll show that all those Tesco-voting options together would only influence 2% of those polled - voters are perfectly content with the local polling booths in schools and church halls system. 'Rage' 'Fury' and 'Anger' are not words frequently used by pollsters but appear often in this report.
Well, they've never listened in the past and I've no great hope that they will listen now, though it would be without doubt better for them and for us if they did. No, I think they will remain deaf to the reality until something dramatic and cathartic happens. And whatever it is is getting closer by the day.
Many thanks for your Christmas wishes - may I return them with all hopes for 2014. Christmas so far has been busy keeping (possibly Romanian) squatters out of my neighbour's house, but that's a post all on its own.