In the 19th century, despite the aloofness of the ruling class in Britain, politicians were often out among the people. They were public men, unguarded and they occasionally took part in demonstrations and riots. For all that, political murder was uncommon and shocking. In this century, their work has become increasingly dangerous.
“Post-conference polling, in the middle of a fuel crisis of the government’s own creation, still shows the party several points behind the Tories, and the electorate’s perception of the party’s electoral chances is poor.”