Anyone got any ideas?
The people queuing outside Northern Rock were in absolutely no doubt- if a politician or commissar tells you anything, it's best to believe the opposite. From money, to public services, to law and order, to foreign policy, they're not just incompetent buffoons, they're also compulsive liars.
So how come we still tolerate them spending 43% of our income? How come we still let them run our public services? How come we give them free rein over virtually every aspect of our lives?
The answer of course, is that we can't stop them. The Westminster system gives us elected dictatorship, and our dysfunctional first past the post electoral arrangements ensure we face a tweedledee-tweedledum choice targeted solely on swinging 100 key marginals. Those of us who live elsewhere have no say whatsoever, and even those marginal voters only get to choose between alternative me-too platforms.
No wonder election turnout has slumped, with four out of every ten voters not bothering.
But what can we actually do about it?
Proportional representation to give outsiders a Westminster voice, fiscal decentralisation, more rules and less discretion... we can all think of possible improvements.
But turkeys don't vote for Xmas. How on earth would we ever get our "political class" to accept such changes? They're all very happy with the current deal, thank you very much.
Can we really be that stuck?