By chance, Durant is a neighbour of ours, though not in the same street. During her speech she made an observation that made me sit up and think. She is also a local politician and she spoke to the plenary of her doubts about whether even at the very local level politics is working. She said that her local political meetings are ill-attended, that the same people always turn up and that those who take the floor do so to complain. Is local politics another casualty of modern technology, I wonder? It’s a bit like the choice between watching a football match in a stadium or watching it on the television. You have to get to the stadium, it might be cold, there are no replays or commentary and you can’t just switch off if the match is boring. Maybe it’s the same with local politics. Food for thought, in any case.