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Why politicians can’t solve climate change

Now, I don’t want to launch into a political rant but it often appears that politicians are only concerned with winning the popular support of the electorate. They avoid confronting the difficult issues and students of BBC sitcoms know that the words most likely to strike fear into the heart of Jim Hacker MP, were: ” … a very brave decision minister.”

In some ways, this is not necessarily a bad thing. It broadly supports continuity and stability, avoiding the potential calamity of politicians who pursue their own passing whims with little regard to the hopes and aspirations of the voting public. However, effective democracy does presume that people understand the implications of the policies that their governments pursue. A successful society needs an electorate that is informed, critical and motivated to participate in the political process.

The political process works less well when a country is led by popularist politicians offering sound-bite policies to an electorate that is poorly informed. And no, this is not a rant about Brexit or political developments in America. This is a warning that all democracies have this flaw and we ignore it at our peril.

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  • User AvatarJoe Bourke 27th Feb - 1:59pm
    Ben, you write "...candidates need to demonstrate convincingly how the Liberal Democrats might be more likely to deliver change than a Starmer-led Labour party, an...
  • User AvatarMichael BG 27th Feb - 1:58pm
    I agree with others; building more homes is not a unique selling point. The numbers are important. The Tories are promising at least 1 million...
  • User AvatarNick Barlow 27th Feb - 1:56pm
    "By 1997, the party’s most prominent policy was to raise tax to help pay for education, a technocratic proposal. Still it was a message that...
  • User AvatarDavid Becket 27th Feb - 1:33pm
    In spite of the knocking of Radix i would argue that much of this article is spot on. "a hopeless out-dated bureaucracy" is particularly relevant....
  • User AvatarDavid Raw 27th Feb - 1:23pm
    Radix ? Didn't they used to advertise it as : "Muscle Soak Bath Soak has a 100% nature inspired fragrance. ... A refreshing bubble bath...
  • User AvatarChris Cory 27th Feb - 1:18pm
    Whether or not Radix is the answer to our problems is not the big question here. More importantly, is Ben's analysis broadly correct ? If...