The collapse of the political class must be more serious than I thought. Polly Toynbee (!) is so freaked she's let the cat out of the bag. In amongst explaining why government is responsible for all the good stuff in society, but that doesn't mean we can blame it for the bad stuff, we get this:
Most depressing for councils, satisfaction mostly depends on something they cannot change – the population: happiest places have most graduates, fewest children, least ethnic diversity, least population churn, most private housing. Badly run areas (like Surrey) that are posh places will always score higher satisfaction than good councils (like Blackburn) with four-star ratings and a miserable populace. Where is the political justice in that?But... but... what about the cultural enrichment?