The posters are up, the circus is in town. It gives me no satisfaction to say it, but I'm among those feeling curiously depressed at the prospect of the European elections coming down the road. We should be elated, celebrating the institution of our universal adult suffrage which so utterly transformed our lives - but we are strangely not. So what's happened to our democracy and our attitudes to it?
Already the familiar pre-election twaddle...
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