In The Week magazine: the politics of disillusion
Almost half of Britons say they're not interested in politics. But then they'd don't live in Egypt...
ARE YOU at all interested in politics? If so you're in a majority, but only just.
As we discuss in The Politics of Disillusion, in Issue 934 of The Week, on sale now, an astonishing 42 per cent of the British public say they take no interest in it at all.
And to judge by the British press in Silly Season mode, most journalists seem to have lost interest in it, too.
They like to talk about French women and why they aren't as chic and perfect as we often think – see our Best British articles – or why Americans give their children funny names – see Best Foreign Articles – but otherwise, aside from those protesting up and down the country about the ravages of fracking (one of our main stories this week), politics is taking a back seat. In the West at least.
And maybe that's not such a bad thing when you look at places where politics is central to people's lives: Egypt for example (Our other main story). Politics is all important when your life depends on it.