The most frightening development in politics since the 1970s has been the disappearance of any real difference between the major parties on most of the issues that really matter to ordinary people.
Recent discussions I’ve had elsewhere on the internet make it clear that in both the US and Australia there is an enormous amount of grass-roots anger about this. Voters no longer believe it makes any difference which party they vote for, either way they will get the same policies - a commitment to mass immigration, multi-culturalism, the destruction of our cultural identity, the erosion of our personal freedoms, big government, the trashing of what little is left of our manufacturing sectors and globalisation.
Both sides of politics are committed to extremist neocon economic policies of free trade, and creeping socialism in every other aspect of government.
Elections are merely a charade - we get to choose which leader will lead us to Hell. There is no genuine debate on any important policy. Debate has been effectively closed down.
The “conservative” parties are no longer conservative in any meaningful sense. They may take us to Hell by a marginally longer route than the socialists but the destination will be the same either way. Being able to choose between Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dum does not equate to democracy. It merely leads to increasing alienation and increasing apathy.