. . . But if they are late coming to this party, they are nowhere when it comes to offering solutions to the problem
Of course not because they have no idea what the real problem is. They are blaming pathetic individuals such as Cameron, Milliband and Clegg but the problem is the system. These people are merely a symptom of the problem and they would never occupy high office (or any office) if the system of government were not entirely and completely broken.
Hastings is massively in favour of the status quo and is extremely disturbed by anything that threatens his idyllic and (as he says himself) naive view of how things should be. He is genuinely shocked that so many of his countrymen don't see things that way.
Also from Hastings in his article " . . . The poll shows that a majority of voters think Britain’s political system is now ‘fundamentally flawed’
Britain's political system has been fundamentally flawed for at least 200 years. The only thing that has changed is that a light is now being shone into the dark recesses of the system by blogs such as this and more people are becoming aware of how terribly their trust and appetite for work has been exploited by those on the inside.
Going on " . . . Voters look at Westminster, and see government in the hands of people who seem to care nothing about their opinions, their troubles, their hopes and fears. They are wholly uninterested in representing their constituents' wishes and hopes . .
I can only refer to a quote from the secretary-general of the UN made only last month which I posted elsewhere but that which I find sufficiently staggering to repeat here . . .
"I have been urging leaders of the world not to be prisoners of their constituencies . . .
" - Ban Ki Moon