Or why did we see thousands of people turn out again just a few days later?
Since last summer thousands of people have been campaigning for AV up and down the country - I happen to be one of them and in Surrey we've been going from strength to strength.
So, thoroughly disheartened I switched over to BBC 1 to watch This Week. Here we had Mr Andrew Neill baldly state that both the campaigns had only just had lacklustre launches this week and that no one really cared about it. This is wrong as, though the No campaign has indeed only just launched (and launched with spectacular lies about the cost of AV), the Yes campaign has, by contrast, been up and running since the summer. I know this since a) I joined a local campaign group just after May, b) because my girlfriend spent the summer holidays campaigning with the North London group and c) because I've been campaigning since September and distinctly recall our official launch being the 25th of November when we held lots of bonfire night related events.
In short, it pisses me off that the media continue to completely ignore the grassroots of both the No and Yes campaigns whilst making insulting statements about what we think - and let me tell you, I have yet to meet a single campaigner out of thousands who isn't enthusiastic about the referendum. Nor does it please me that they keep on getting morons from inside the Westminster bubble to talk about AV instead of official spokesmen for both the Yes and No campaigns.
I get the distinct impression that the media are trying to talk down the importance of this referendum and to completely ignore the real arguments over AV. Well, let me tell you something, it's not going to work. Even if I have to pour a bucket of purple paint over Mr Neill to do it, we will make sure that they take notice of us and let people judge the evidence for themselves.