|Coalition has weakened link between voters and government|
Here's an interesting piece in today's Daily Telegraph about why so few people bother to vote.
Jeff Randall wonders why when "outside wartime, rarely have the political stakes been higher" - the eurozone unravelling, Britain’s double-dip recession, the Leveson Inquiry's examination of dodgy dealing in high places, and Baroness Warsi adding to a suspicion that cheap-and-nasty corruption is the new British disease - yet traditional political engagement is falling away.
In recent local elections, two thirds of those eligible to vote did not bother.
Randall concludes that "Coalition politics is proving a disaster for conventional democracy. Disillusioned citizens are simply dropping out, as they conclude, justifiably, that the system is giving them neither what they were promised nor what they would like."