Hansard Survey of the Startlingly Obvious

The public are “disgruntled, disillusioned and disengaged” with politics, according to an annual survey by the Hansard Society.

Meanwhile in other news, the Pope was still rumoured to believe in Catholicism and a bear was spotted nipping into the woods with a toilet roll under its arm.

Of course we are disgruntled, disillusioned and disengaged –  but not necessarily with politics per se, rather, we are disengaged with politicians and political parties who offer slightly varying flavours of the same unappetising gruel, while picking our back pockets.

There is but a fag paper between the three main parties who are all big state, big spending authoritarians, who all, despite vacuous promises when in opposition carry on with the same old, same old when they get their grubby little hands on the levers of power. Remember the bonfire of the quangos? Yup, didn’t happen, we still have fake charities stealing taxpayers’ money and dripping their poison into the ears of willing politicians. The “cuts” in public spending? Yet taxes continue to rise and public spending with it. And those wonderful words spake in opposition about dismantling the database state? Oh, yeah… We now get the very same charlatans talking about snooping on our emails and browsing habits –  all in the name of combating terrorism of course. Exactly the same as the last lot.

Given that voting changes nothing, what is the point? Given that all of them are the same enemy class of career politicians who have done nothing worthwhile in their sorry little lives, why should we feel engaged? Unless, of course, it is to see the lot of them dancing the Tyburn jig. I could get engaged with that…

The society said “the public’s growing sense of indifference to politics” had “hardened into something more serious”.

You ain’t kidding. Yet none of them stops to wonder why.

8 comments for “Hansard Survey of the Startlingly Obvious

  1. April 25, 2012 at 9:33 am

    Agree with you, Longrider.

    However, considering the source, this appears to be a Labour dogwhistle. Near the bottom of the BBC article, this is what Dr Fox says (emphases mine):

    ‘Thus far, coalition politics does not appear to have been good for public engagement.’

    Who is Dr Fox? Prior to Hansard:


    ‘Before joining the Society, Ruth worked for seven years for Bill Rammell MP focusing on strategic communications, research and community relations. She also acted as a political adviser and speechwriter during his time as a Foreign Office and Higher Education Minister and managed his 2001 and 2005 General Election campaigns. In 2004 she took a leave of absence to work for Senator John Kerry’s Democratic Presidential campaign in Florida …’

    Wow — I hadn’t realised that people from abroad could work on others’ campaigns. However, I did find another example (post to come).

    Bill Rammell:

    ‘In the 2005 election, he had the 3rd smallest majority of any Labour MP, at just 97 votes. The result was so close that the final declaration had to be delayed 2 days after voting, in order to give exhausted counting officials time to rest …

    Rammell is a Pro-European, who is supportive of joining the Single European Currency, as verified by his time as Chair of Labour’s Britain in Europe Group. He was the first British government minister to visit North Korea, in September 2004.

    In February 2008, Bill Rammell announced plans[5] to create a “national” database of children’s school records and exam results which will make up a publicly-owned CV. The CV and “Learner Number” will stay with the child throughout adult life until retirement and only the British government will be able to remove records from their database entry. The plan will, however, only apply to English children as education is a devolved matter.’


    This might clarify Dr Fox’s politics.

  2. Tarka the Rotter
    April 25, 2012 at 9:33 am

    It’s anger I feel, not indifference or disengagement, and yes it is with the entire political class. We have been lied to, bullied, and robbed, our liberties and our freedoms whittled away, our constitution changed without our consent…in what way are we a democracy? Like Madame Defarge perhaps its time to make our list…Tyburn jig, anyone?

  3. April 25, 2012 at 10:19 am

    Great post – says it all without a wasted word.

    • April 25, 2012 at 10:34 am

      Hear, hear!

  4. graham wood
    April 25, 2012 at 11:11 am

    Longrider. Fully agree. Excellent article which expresses the serious disquiet within the public mind evident for a long time – but getting hardened. Levenson revelations will only harden such disillusionment further as we realise that the career politicos have an entirely different agenda to the rest of us, and their priorities are distorted in supine obedience to all things EU.

    Are we seeing not just the failure of our party political system, but also the slow death of party politics? If so – bring it on, in spite of the political vacuum which would follow with all its ‘unknowns’. Just a single glimpse of the “horror show” of PMQ’s convinces me that if the H of C slid quietly in the Thames tomorrow that would be a very GOOD THING, but then pollution of our river systems is against the law. 😈

    • April 25, 2012 at 11:41 am

      Don’t get me started on the bun fight that is PMQs. Chimps tea parties are more edifying.

  5. April 25, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    I’m with Rotter, I am not disengaged, I’m very angry at what these people have done to my society.

  6. April 26, 2012 at 7:58 am

    Given that voting changes nothing, what is the point?

    If enough failed to vote for them but did instead vote for someone else, it would make quite a difference.

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