Fraser Nelson reports from Manchester on the Speccie blog on the anger of voters;
“The problem with politics is the politicians,” one man declared, to much applause. When the microphones were turned off, the politicians had a hard time getting out of the room unmolested. Even the cheery Ben Bradshaw was also tackled by an audience member who ended the conversation by shouting: “You’re on another planet! You’re out of touch.” One remonstrated with John Denham accusing him of lying with statistics. The mood was not so much anti-Labour, but anti-politician. And this is a force that needs to be taken far more seriously than is being done now.Above all we need to lance the boil of the dying parties, their mistaken sense of entitlement and the central metropolitan consumer marketing of the party brands. Politics is not a commodity that people consume as a lifestyle choice, it's not a brand to identify with and it's not a product to be bought as a result of a slick advertising campaign. It's not owned by a privileged metropolitan elite nor restricted to the few remaining members of their moribund clubs. Politics is democracy and it's our natural birthright, as participants, as determiners of policy, as voices to be heard be they ever so distant from the Speaker's chair. And they'd better take our anger seriously - for we're taking it back.