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On today’s Platform Stephan Shakespeare of YouGov writes about the problem of non-voters.  When, he writes, "they can’t see much benefit to having one gang of politicians in charge rather than another, the duty to give some politician his dream job won’t get many to the ballot box." 

Writing
about the way Tory housing policy is becoming more like Labour’s, Max
Hastings worries that "cross-party consensus about virtually anything –
Iraq, criminal justice, MPs’ pensions – almost invariably betrays the
public interest".

In yesterday’s Daily Mail, Melanie Phillips complained that "no-one in the councils of power is talking about the issues that most concern the electorate" although she singled out Frank Field MP as an exception to this rule.

In Sunday’s Business Fraser Nelson noted that "Britain is one of the few democracies in the world where the number of abstainers exceeds supporters of the ruling party."  "There is a deep vein of frustration in UK politics," he continued, "and a prize awaits the party that taps it."

Are Cameron’s Conservatives positioning themselves to be this party or is our party rejoining the establishment – with status quo views on tax, the public services and foreign policy – at a time when the public is becoming hungry for change?

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