Professionally, I report and comment on the way other people run their countries. Using the same benchmarks for the latest British and European elections there are a couple of pointers which show how out of touch I must be with the grass-roots electorate. First, the European Union makes people richer and stops wars. Comparisons between Ukraine and Poland is an example. Second, through the coalition, Britain now has accountability within cabinet This democratic mechanism has curbed extreme policies and produced economic recovery without social instability. The alternatives over recent decades have given us the swinging pendulum of the harshness of the Margaret Thatcher doctrine against the reckless spending under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. Each swing takes years of recovery. Yet today’s grass-roots sentiment appears to be that the Liberal Democrats who have been successfully keeping the Conservatives in check are useless and its leader should resign, and that we should turn our backs on an institution that has stopped Europeans slaughtering each other and brought wealth and security to hundreds of millions.