Negativity about the practice of politics is not news to many politicians anymore. Indeed, some politicians seem to be intent on taking advantage of it by offering populist stances on issues and by distancing themselves very clearly from something called the ‘political establishment’. The top nominations for 2016 might well have been Donald Trump in the United States and Boris Johnson in Britain, leading the Leave campaign in the EU membership referendum, but as we shall see later in the book there are plenty of competitors. Many politicians have developed something of a gallows humour about it. Gavin Shuker, a UK Member of Parliament (MP), writes: Every MP has their own favourite moment on ‘The Tour’. It’s a routine that each Member must develop – a witty and insightful commentary to accompany the leading of visitors around the Palace of Westminster. Mine is the revelation that, as fire destroyed the old building in 1834, crowds gathered on the south bank of the Thames to celebrate and applaud its destruction. Anti-politics sentiment has always run deep in Britain.
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