Cargo of Bricks Ep 10: How Social science can help NI politicians catch up with where the people already are and want to be…

Rosa Luxemburg once observed that without all the components of democracy (elections, unrestricted free press and assembly, and free struggle of opinion), “public life gradually falls asleep, and a few dozen party leaders of inexhaustible energy direct and rule”. In Northern Ireland we certainly have elections (three of them last year alone). But after twenty years plus of on/off institutions politics there’s a growing gap between the people and the political machines which appoint them to look after their interests. …

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