Never have our MPs been so woefully out of touch with the real mood of the people

Well, what a contemptuous slap in the face for the electorate. On the eve of the crucial Crewe and Nantwich by-election, MPs have starkly demonstrated that they are living on a different planet from the rest of us.

By voting on Tuesday night not to reduce the upper time limit for abortion and to remove the requirement for a father figure for IVF babies, they showed they have simply departed from elementary common sense.

Indeed, to certain Labour women, common sense is now a thought crime.

Emily Thornberry MP actually denounced it as "a cover for discrimination, narrowness and an inability to face the 21st century".

By-election result: The campaigns in Crewe and Nantwich have shown MPs are out of touch

Thus normality itself is demonised, along with the millions who live by its tenets. Welcome to the crackpot world of Labour zealotry.

As a rare voice of realism on the Labour benches, Geraldine Smith observed: "Is there any wonder that people think politicians are out of touch with ordinary people when we have debates such as these?"

Indeed, as today's by-election will most likely show, a chasm now yawns between MPs and the public they serve.

An astounding 82per cent of Labour MPs have now declared that children have no right to a father  -  and find it outrageous that anyone should think that they do.

How extraordinary that the British Parliament should assert that anyone who continues to support a principle common to all cultures since the dawn of time is guilty of homophobic bigotry! So much for the rights of the child.

How chilling that it should demonise those who want to protect babies capable of living from being killed. So much for the human rights of babies.

How surreal that it should scorn as scientific illiterates those who object to the creation of animal/human hybrid embryos. So much for the right to be human at all.

For years, Left-wing zealots hell-bent on transforming British society and taking an axe to its deepest beliefs have ridden roughshod over public concerns, scorning and smearing normal, decent, common-sense views.

For years, millions have gazed in silent dismay at a world gone mad. They watched their country being transformed through mass immigration, listened to politicians denying it was happening  -  and were told they were racist if they objected.

They watched the public services disintegrate, listened to politicians boasting that standards were better than ever  -  and found themselves facing soaring tax bills to pour yet more trillions of pounds into the public sector black hole.

They watched the inexorable rise of crime, drug abuse and unhappy children, listened to politicians telling them that families come in all shapes and sizes  -  and were told they were either demonising single parents or "homophobic" if they objected.

But now something has changed. The tectonic plates of British society have shifted.

No longer are people willing to park their concerns about immigration or family breakdown.

No longer are they prepared to tolerate the propaganda about "a woman's right to choose" when they can see video pictures of recognisable babies in the womb marked out for the abortionist's knife.

No longer will they put up with the lie that pouring increasing amounts of their money into state-controlled public services is the way to improve them.

As we will most likely see from today's by-election, the public is about to give a bloody nose to politicians who have treated them and their concerns with such contempt for so long.

The embryology and abortion votes were the final insult from MPs who sneer at ordinary folk as stuck in the past but do not realise that they themselves are now yesterday's people.

Fossils from the Seventies, calcified in the politics of arrested adolescence, they shrilly demonise everyone who disagrees with them as evil Right-wing reactionaries, thus insulting millions of decent sensible people  -  who they then expect to vote for

Well, the game is up. The people are now streets ahead of them. They understand that the very foundations of our society are crumbling and need to be shored up  -  and that the way to do that is through policies which come under the heading of Social Conservatism, which conserve what society needs to hold itself together.

Like marriage and the traditional family. Like safeguarding genetic identity over and above the desires of self- centred adults. Like taking responsibility for oneself and one's nearest and dearest rather than scrabbling for crumbs thrown from Whitehall. Like drawing a clear line in the sand against crime and disorder.

But faced with this popular movement for the restoration of common sense, what do Labour do? Hole up in their bunker and preach class war and gender war. No greater illustration could there be of their total detachment from reality than the toe-curlingly puerile "anti-toff" campaign they waged in Crewe and Nantwich.

Unshakeably convinced that only a few rednecks disagree with them because it is simply impossible for themselves ever to be wrong, they are quite unable to perceive that it is they who are out of touch.

The weeping and wailing and rending of garments that's been taking place on the Left as they watch power draining away from them without having the faintest idea why is truly a wonder to behold.

The person who stands to gain hugely from all this is, of course, David Cameron. But the nagging question persists whether he understands quite what an opportunity now presents itself to him.

After all, his strategy has been to associate himself with some of the very attitudes that the electorate are now so vigorously repudiating  -  for example, green policies which have created such ruinous rises in fuel prices.

The abolition of the 10p tax band has not only created widespread fury but put tax cuts back on the agenda  -  yet Mr Cameron hasn't actually told us what he would do instead.

Nor were the Tories all singing from the same hymn sheet in the embryology votes. Mr Cameron voted for a reduction in the abortion limit and against the scrapping of the IVF father requirement. Yet Shadow Chancellor George Osborne voted for the status quo on abortion and for scrapping the father requirement.

True, it was a free vote. But such stark differences at the very top of the Tory Party on issues which are so fundamental to morality and to a civilised society leave a big question mark over what modern Conservatism actually stands for.

The public is making it very clear that what it wants is not Left-wing ideology, not hard-faced feminism or victim culture or "anything goes" multi-culturalism, but solid Social Conservatism. That's where the country is; that's where the majority of Tory MPs are; but it's not at all clear that it's where the Tory front bench currently is.

Today's vote in Crewe will be a protest against the Government. Its size is likely to show not support for the Tories but the magnitude of the shift away from Labour and the ideology of the Left.

Will the Tories recognise this shift and become what the common-sense people are longing to find  -  a champion of their values? For make no mistake  -  the tide of public opinion has turned.

The Labour Party is clearly beyond redemption. But the Tories now have a choice: to go with the public on the progressive wave of Social Conservatism  -  or cling to the discredited but still ohsofashionable Left, which is now beached on the outgoing tide of history.