Main parties are failing to enthuse many voters
Published 15/02/2016 | 02:30
More than one in four voters say they are ready to back an Independent candidate or someone from the plethora of other small parties now standing in the General Election. This suggests it will be hard to form the next government.
That in turn suggests that a period of political instability may lie ahead, which would not be good for business, investment and jobs. It also raises the prospect of a return to the polls for another election in a matter of months.
But that is democracy and it is very wrong of members and activists among the main parties to be sniffy or condescending about those 'Independents and Others'. Such an attitude smacks of taking the view that people should only have a vote if they vote the 'right way'.