Monthly Archives: December 2013


New Guardian/ICM research documents the trend of frustration with Britain’s political system, showing that almost half are angry with MPs and a quarter bored by the issues. This alienation is strongest among those aged 18 to 24, who are less than half as likely as pensioners to say they are sure to vote, and may never exercise their democratic rights if they miss their first election.

“Apathetic and disaffected: the generation who may never vote”, Rowena Mason, The Guardian, 26th December, 2013.

Asking The Guardian to correctly diagnose the problem and prescribe the solution is not quite fair and all a bit, “physician heal thyself”. It’s not actually that hard to understand voter apathy if you’re outside the bubble, though. Firstly, the triumph of liberalism is non-debatable as far as the political classes are concerned, – quelle surprise, the people can’t be bothered to turn up at the polls to non-debate it. Secondly, it is a liberal axiom that there is no such thing as the social good. Disregarding its inherent contradiction, such a rule obviates the need for politics in general.

Of course, the failure of democracy is only really an issue for earnest Guardian journalists who have made their careers lecturing the rest of us about its many benefits. What they actually want is the pretence of democracy without any of the messy reality. That way they can imagine that they rule with the consent of the governed without ever needing to make any of the compromises necessary to achieve it. Yessir, the beatings will continue until morale improves! You ought to laugh, – frankly, there’s not a whole lot else you can do.