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Defending apathy

We should stop fretting about the declining interest in traditional politics. It is perfectly healthy

There is rising concern about political disengagement. For those who believe in active government, even more in active citizenship, there are indeed many lamentable trends. Turnout at elections is low, and getting lower. Even the London mayoral contest tempted only 34 per cent of the capital’s electorate to vote. At the same time, party membership is dropping. New Labour temporarily reversed this long-term trend when Tony Blair’s appeal was at its freshest, but in the past two years the decline has begun again.

The status of politicians has also declined-being a Westminster MP is nothing like as important as it…

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