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They wrote it this week: How four princesses faced the bald truth

Extracts from diaries and letters written between June 8 and June 14

Journalist

June 8

2001, Sunderland

The talking heads are asking how we politicians are going to reconnect with the people. Well, for a start we could stop boring them silly. Elections these days consist of a tiny elite of political leaders racing around the country in battle buses pursued by an equally tiny elite of commentators, while the rest of us (candidates, party members and general public alike) are mere spectators, occasionally roped in as extras. Meanwhile politics as a participatory activity is dying. How will it end? My guess is that the rot will continue until we are blasted out of our indolence by either (a) a world war, (b) an environmental catastrophe (but only one that affects us directly – someone else’s catastrophe won’t make any difference), or (c) another sustained period of Tory government. ..

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