Don’t write off Britain’s political dinosaurs | Comment

Two seemingly contradictory events occurred in British politics last year. First, the Conservatives and Labour gained between them the kind of colossal vote share not seen for 40 years. Collectively, they took 82 per cent of the vote as support for minor parties collapsed.

Second, a record number of new political parties were created. The Electoral Commission, the election regulator, registered 51 new parties, more than double the total of the year before. Last month alone another 12 were founded, suggesting that this will also be a bumper year.

While the first fact appears to point to the popularity of the two major parties, the second suggests frustration with an entrenched duopoly and desire to break it.

The emergence of new parties will come as…