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Unherd gives deputy editor Jacob Furedi the freedom to tell the Wakefield by-election as he sees it - and a veritable picture of hopelessness engendered by the UK's political system emerges in all its doleful malevolence.

The electors know full well that their choice is fixed in advance by the parties, and neither party will change anything to their liking.

Whilst our voters fail to set up an alternative election of genuine local independent candidates to rival the official election system, they are stuck with a choice that nobody wants and the powers-that-be will win yet again.

This system of political parties is moribund and nothing will change until this is recognised.

Short of a gigantic whirlwind taking out all the rotten aspects of the current system, change will not come until we the people organise to create it. We could make a start by electing only independent candidates. Given the other choices available, does it matter that they are untried and untested?

Maybe we should give them a chance.

Confirm your fears here.