Well we did say we didn’t believe in ghosts! Of course, we acknowledge that the Experiment was a punt. Why should MPs trust some random website which offers to put their anonymous views out? How desperate would they have to be to do that? Clearly, very desperate indeed.

But if Labour or the Conservatives really were full of wannabe Centrists who despised the direction their parties had taken, they would be desperate. They should be desperate.

There has always been some confusion about whether red and blue ‘Centrists’ are Centrist by inclination or by calculation. It can be very hard to tell, but it now seems to us that there is currently no chance of a realignment of politics back to the Centre emerging from the Commons.

So where does that leave us? A new party? A list? A movement? Waiting for events? We’ll look at each of these further over the coming weeks, but we are left with no doubt that the old Centre is quite dead.

On 21st October I sent an email to all 650 MPs inviting anonymous contributions with a deadline of yesterday.

As I explained in the email, the point of this experiment was to test whether there really were desperate Centrists who wanted to get a message out, but just couldn’t for party or personal reasons. We kept knowledge of this website private so that only MPs were aware of it. We opened the comments section, provided an anonymous voicemail hotline and invited emails from anonymous email accounts.

The only response we received was from Paul Flynn MP telling us that he had always felt free to say what he thought. Good for him! He didn’t play along, but it’s always good to know your email’s been received.

We will leave the comments section below open to see whether any, more timid, voices are prepared to come out of hiding and we’ll publish our conclusions tomorrow.

It would be fitting for the ghosts of the Centre to make contact on Halloween. That said, we at deadcentre.com don’t believe in ghosts.

Thank you for your responses to my email of 21 October.

It has been pointed out that a similar effect (for shorter responses) could be put into effect by allowing anonymous comments on this website. This will only work before the website opens (later in the year), but we will give this a go whilst knowledge of the existence of the site remains restricted. 30 October remains the deadline.