Nigel Farage characterises them as 'college boys' with no experience of the real world; elsewhere they are 'rich kids' loyal to their frat club, lightweights, dillettantes, and no match for the mandarins. Cameron is fast discovering that the corollary of taking the credit for everything when things are going well is taking the blame for everything when the reverse holds true. Their only saviour is Ed Miliband, a politician so comically incapable, so bereft of charisma, that if he entered the hustings against a dog that said 'sausages' the serious money would be on the dog.
And as Richard North points out this morning, the public are almost completely indifferent to those things that excite the political class and their dags. The 'Sun' will sell not one copy fewer this morning, 'Sky' lose not a single viewer. It's disassociation rather than apathy - Helena Kennedy's 'Power' enquiry demolished the myth of voter apathy once and for all - as people just can't relate the doings of Westminster and Whitehall to their own lives.
The only flickering interest right now supports the truth of 'Tip' O'Neill's aphorism that All politics is local. The London Mayoral election has been decided by Livingstone's obfuscation of his tax affairs as both candidates have become detached from their parties, and a grass-roots revolt in Tower Hamlets against electoral fraud and corruption by the Bangladeshis is giving a robust rejoinder to those who claim that Localism is a doomed concept where Johnny Foreigner is concerned.
Typhoons. attack helicopters, snipers and drill missiles filling London's airspace today, along with HMS Ocean's stately presence and swarms of black RIBS buzzing the Thames, in either a singularly ill-timed or deliberately provocative security exercise the day before polling day (depending on whether you go for cock-up or conspiracy) will add the only frisson of excitement to an otherwise uninspired local election campaign.