Public Affairs: Soap Box - Martin Le Jeune, director, Open Road

At a party a few years ago I met a Big Brother winner. I explained I worked a lot with politicians. 'That's great,' he said, and paused. 'Who is the Prime Minister these days?' he asked.

Now whenever the political swamp gets excited about an event I always think of that little chat. A spin doctor resigned? Someone who fights a virtual war through newspapers - which ever fewer people read these days and those who do, don't trust them? They don't vote as instructed in editorials.

When newspapers had mass circulations and real power, in the 1930s and 1940s, politicians treated their editors like tea-boys. Now the roles are reversed, worse luck. The MPs who called for David Cameron to make a Commons statement about Andy Coulson demeaned their profession.

The Alan Johnson resignation? Small tremor on the Richter Scale. The sole contribution of a shadow chancellor is to say 'it's all going horribly wrong' at intervals. As long as the real Chancellor stays lucky, no-one listens to you.

Meanwhile, the funeral of Tony Blair's reputation goes on. Is anyone - other than anti-war obsessives - still awake out there?

No wonder Mr BB doesn't care. People increasingly hate politics or are repelled by those involved in it. When are we going to do something about that?

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