Apathy is the wrong word

It’s been a while since I posted here but it wasn’t apathy! Last night attended the witness session to the Power Commission with Robin Cook MP. One thing that I learned after I came away is that we are not talking about apathy here. People are as concerned with issues they feel passionately about as they ever were. The demonstrations against the war in Iraq were amongst the largest displays of public feeling that this country has ever seen. And the recently enacted hunting ban has provoked strong feelings on both sides of the debate too.
So if it’s not apathy, what is it? Why is it that people have strong feelings about what our government is doing, and yet don’t turn out in large numbers to make their feelings known at the ballot box?