Not much has been said or written about the Occupy movement in Britain since protesters folded away their tents and left the front yard of St. Paul’s Cathedral earlier this year.
Politicians have developed a predilection for reminding us how badly politics is broken and that it needs fixing – but that is usually as far as that line goes. Our political system isn’t necessarily falling apart; it’s in a rut. The only thing necessarily broken is the chord that used to tie the parties to a powerful base of public support.
It’s hard to know quite exactly what George Osborne was thinking when he saw the speedy annihilation of the Conservative treasury minister Chloe Smith, as she took the fall for him – twice – on television last week.