This includes feelings of being left behind by the progress of globalisation. It includes fear of change and fear of the unknown, underpinned by inequalities in wealth and power. These fears are real, many people are genuinely concerned for themselves, their families, friends and communities.
Some say that the cause of the current edgy zeitgeist lies in the 2008 crash, which I’ve always described not so much as an economic heart attack but an economic stroke with random and unpredictable consequences expressed over time.
I suspect the roots are much deeper; 2001 and its subsequent War on Terror, the 1989 ending of the Cold War and its ‘end of history’, even 1945 and the victory of World War 2.
Truth is, we do not have the benefit of the perspective of distance and time furnished to historians in the future but I do know that this period will be closely studied, analysed and argued over for centuries.
The current angst didn’t just happen overnight just as it won’t be solved whenever Brexit is.
Which brings me back to the rotten state of Parliament – the palace as a property, the democratic process and the Derby Roundhouse.
I’ve visited the Palace of Westminster many, many times.
On my first visit, as an 18-year-old student, I was absorbed by its history, gothic grandeur and hushed and heavy corridors whispering the DNA of democracy.
A few weeks ago, on my most recent visit, I was shocked by its sheer shabbiness, the sense of chaos outside and inside as well as the broken tiles covered in gaffer tape - you know, the type generally found in cheap supermarkets not in one of the homes of democracy.
Isn’t it time to address not just the physical renewal of the Palace but also to re-engage our democracy with the people it represents?
Now, there is a plan to renew the whole parliamentary estate and, like all UK grand projects, it has been talked about for ages. Its costs escalate quicker than Lionel Messi’s goal tally – current figure is £4bn, though I’d suspect nearer £10bn when all said and done – but no substantive work has been undertaken as the Place of Westminster is a workplace visited by over 1million people each year.
The plan is to shut the whole building down for the period of work, estimated at 10 years. To start this, both Houses were meant to decant in 2022, though the earliest date being discussed now seems to be 2028.
The terrible fire at the Notre Dame in Paris has acted as an alarm bell for many (the Palace of Westminster has roughly 10 fires start up somewhere on the estate each year) introducing some urgency into the process.
Meantime, in London, they debate about where both Houses might sit during the decant – candidates include the Queen Elizabeth Conference Centre, Richmond House or even a pop-up on Horse Guards.
Now, here is a thought - why don’t we take Parliament on tour, at least for the duration of the works?
If our democracy is broken, if people feel disconnected, if there is a north-south divide, if there is fear of the break-up of the UK, then why not move the legislature out for a decade and engage with the regions?
As things stand, the legislature is moving a mere few yards away at vast expense and the cosy Westminster bubble remains unaffected, many would say disconnected.
Just as the FA moved England’s football games around the country whilst Wembley was rebuilt (the game against Mexico at Pride Park Stadium still holds the attendance record) so could both Houses sit, for periods of six months at a time, in buildings located across the country.