Today I picked up a copy of The Times for the first time in a while. The reason was to see if there was anything there to justify paying to see behind its online paywall. I only had to read as far as page two and its lead editorial before I had my answer…
The Slow Death of Politics
All the mainstream parties are suffering a long-term decline in membership. To become representative of voters, they need to adopt a looser model of participation
Clearly, within the bubble, the concept of political parties being representative of voters by, you know, representing their wishes and talking to their interests rather than those of party managers and the whip’s office, is completely alien.
It’s not just the political parties that are in decline and increasingly irrelevant. The media is in similar decline and the Times’ editorial today is a very good example why. Neither have anything to offer to those of us outside the bubble in the real world.