COMMUNITY HAS KEYS TO POWER
FOR people working in the media, or in politics, there is a danger of falling into the trap of assumed knowledge. It is easy to forget how many people feel completely disconnected from almost every aspect of the political process, and indeed don't know how the voting system - let alone Parliament works. A public largely unaware of decisions made in their name, and the associated impacts, is vulnerable. This level of alienation is dangerous. A culture that focuses on the drama of personality clashes, rather than the practical impact of political decisions, feeds into this. Civics classes in schools should seek to instil understanding of the importance of engaging with the political process, and an appreciation of the power they can wield working collectively. One way of mitigating the adverse effects of alienated political institutions is to devolve decision-making power to community level.