We started the National Conversation because we believed mainstream politics in Britain was becoming a minority interest. A club with fewer and fewer members – and which no one, apart from political obsessives, wanted to join any more.
Yes, people in general care deeply about political issues. But they don’t want to play the game of party politics.
This week’s Eastleigh by-election (turn out 52.7%) was as uninspiring as anyone could have expected. But one glimmer of light came this morning, with Michael Gove giving his reaction to the Conservatives achieving third place in the poll.
Speaking on BBC R4’s Today, Gove said: “it is the case that there is a greater sense of disengagement from conventional politics now than there’s been, certainly in my adult lifetime” and that, in a broader sense, “people believe elites have failed”.
We could not have put it better ourselves.