Hi again JW,
Sometimes, I wonder about whether people are better informed these days. I could agree that social media has the ability to keep people informed but there is also so much that is posted that is either plainly not true or objective or, simply, the posters own viewpoint that some take to be “well informed” opinion. It also seems that many people these days just cannot be bothered to look things up for information either on the internet or in newspapers or in book form. and we wonder why the understanding of what is happening in our society today seems so lacking.
I am reminded of a crowd of people who were reported to have attacked a pediatrician in the Portsmouth area some years back because to them the word pediatrician meant he must be a “paedo” it really makes you think about whether those people received any education at all!
I spent quite a bit of my primary school years in the local public library (I had to pass it on the way to and from school and in those days children had to WALK to school) I suppose that it saved my parents a lot of money on purchasing books for me but in three or four years I managed to wade my way through most of the childrens’ classics and quite a few childrens’ novels during my time at primary school.
My secondary school was in the opposite direction so the public library was not visited quite so often but my school had a pretty good library although it held mostly books that were thought to be more educational rather than simply popular fiction.
Would proportional representation solve the problems of parliament? I am not so sure, I think a solution might be for any prospective member of parliament to have held a job in the real world (industry, finance or military) and possibly rising to a management position. So many of today’s politicians are simply career politicians, mainly public or private school educated followed by university and who seemingly have little or no grasp of the day to day problems experienced by the great majority of the public, their hopes, dreams or expectations. How often has someone in the media asked a politician to his face (normally male) “How much does a pint of milk cost in your supermarket?” or some similar bland question that, quite possibly, the questioner themselves could not answer correctly?
How many of today’s MPs will vote next week as their constituencies wished ( from the 2016 referendum result) and how many will either tow the party line or simply vote their own personal position and understanding of the issues concerned?
I am still trying to work out whether Theresa May has answered any question put to her thus far on Brexit accurately and truthfully. Her answers usually seem to be stock phrases that she has used so many time in recent months rather than any definitive response to a question.