British columnist Charlie Brooker, almost one month ago, about politicians and the public.
"They do what they want, these people[politicians], and you and I are cut out of the conversation. I'm sure they're dimly aware we still exist. They must spot us occasionally, through the window, jumping up and down in the cold with our funny placards...It's all over. The politicians have finally shut us out of their game for good and we have nowhere left to turn. We're not part of their world any more. We don't even speak the same language. We're the ants in their garden. The bacteria in their stools. They have nothing but contempt for us. They snivel and lie and duck questions on torture - on torture, for Christ's sake - while demanding we respect their authority."
Dan Carlin, podcaster, former newsman and social gadfly, on why he won't vote for either of the two major political parties.
"The lesser of two evils is still evil."
It's hard to feel much hope these days.