More than a third of British graduates admit that politics and government are too complicated.
Regardless of what sort of degree they’ve undertaken, graduates are supposed to have learned to research, reason, enquire and think.
If people with those skills can’t apply them to politics there’s little hope for the rest of the voting public.
. . . 36 per cent of people educated to degree level agreed with the statement that “politics and government seem so complicated that a person like me cannot really understand what is going on”. Among those who left school at 16 the rate was 65 per cent.
People in some countries are still dying for democracy and yet these people in Britain with centuries of democratic tradition can’t be bothered to do the little required to understand what’s what with the people who run the country and spend so much of their money.
But is it any better here?
When asked to list things which they liked least about Britain’s political system, 53 per cent cited “the quality of our politicians”. . .
That’s with a First Past the Post electoral system where the candidates have to win the support of voters.That doesn’t guarantee their quality or ability but it does mean they have to campaign on their own merits.
While MMP has brought in some very able politicians through party lists, I’m sure we could all come up with a little list of others who wouldn’t stand a chance if they were elected directly by voters.
Hat tip: Tim Worstall