Janet Daley sums-up the position well in this morning's Telegraph; the world over, professional politicians have lost contact with voters. They know this - and would give anything to gain advantage by being able to re-connect to the voters now flocking to the anti-politics parties, but they simply don't know how to do it. And they don't know how to do it because they are trying to find a campaigning technique rather than trying to find voters' concerns.
Like abusers trapped in a cycle of self-destruction, everything they do just makes things worse, drags them further down that terminal spiral. Unless something changes radically, it can only end when the present political class shatters into a million shards of mendacity.
And on that cheerful note I must apologise in advance for any hiatus in posting for the next few days.