I've been reflecting on Gordon Brown's all time low rating in the opinion polls. This is being driven in part by mistakes made by the government, and is also a reflection of people's anxiety about the economy. But, maybe the volatility in the electorate reflects something deeper.
A characteristic of current politics in Britain is that people are very worried about lots of aspects of the world today - the economy, crime, migration, the environment - but they are sceptical about the capacity of their government, or any government, to deliver real change and improvement. A second characteristic is ideological convergence.
It's gotten to the point that if a policy announcement were stripped of its party affiliations even the most sophisticated political commentator would be hard pressed to know where it had come from.
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