It's the anniversary of the defeat of Germany in 1945 today. Many have said that the western countries were fighting to preserve liberty and democracy. At least in part. So it might be worth considering the state of the democracy that today's anniversary kept in being.
As commentators use up the last of their "what sort of coalition are we likely to have" scenarios, they've turned to the "what a dreadful campaign it's been" ones. This has been most eloquently - and perhaps lengthily - illustrated by Michael Deacon's piece in today's Telegraph, but he is not alone.
It's a moot point as to how seriously we should take the journalistic moaning of stagnant campaigns. Politicians are where they are, and do what they do, largely as a consequence of the way our brave journo have covered previous campaigns, and cover politicians generally. Douglas Murray has identified this aspect of the state of our democracy most clearly in this piece for the Spectator.
He notes, first, that:
And he goes on:
Whose fault is this? Well it is the media’s of course. But it is also the fault of us, the public, for pushing politicians away even as we complain that they are ignoring us. In the same way that it is our fault for wishing for impossible things from our leaders while giving them a pass for failing at possible things.
There is a great deal more in his article, one of the must-reads for anyone wondering how we have got where we are today. But today of all days, when we get to exercise our right to freely choose the men and women who will represent us and form our government, in a process that we've kept not least because of sacrifices made in a war which concluded 70 years ago, we might like to ask whether there are any, rather smaller, sacrifices we ourselves could make to ensure its health.