I think many here will recognise this, but this article both confirms it with research, and explains why politicians are not getting it.
Politicians think it’s about policy, but research shows its actually about them, and democracy itself. For example.
“A survey conducted last year by YouGov and Southampton University makes clear the scale of the disaffection. Almost 2,000 respondents were asked whether they agreed with the following statement: ‘politics is dominated by self-seeking politicians protecting the interests of the already rich and powerful in our society’. 72% agreed and and 8% disagreed. The largest proportion strongly agreed at 42%.”
This is a useful article, and the author is crowdfunding a book about this. Worth reading: