If you'll bare with me I want to discuss what I think is wrong with modern politics and why I feel it has led to a whole host of issues from Brexit through to Trump. Fundamentally I think we're reaching a point in society where due to everything from technological progress through to 'particles of iced water syndrome' we are becoming increasingly polarised (whether it be by age, location, income, education etc) and we're becoming this way in a political landscape that makes the situation even worse. When democracy reared it's head many moons ago, we wanted a mechanism for allowing the people rather than a elite class to rule. The only practical solution back then to enable this was to allow the public to elect officials to represent them. As politics developed, factions grew, today we see it played out as right vs left, socialism vs capitalism, conservatives vs labour, republicans vs democrats. In a landscape dominated by two party politics and in a system where by we elect our government in this way, we basically force ourselves into polarised positions .... I.e. we're all forced to align our votes to one end of the spectrum. Today we can use our smart phones to influence everything from the temperature of our homes, the time our food arrives through to the who gets kicked out of I'm a celebrity. But we can't use this technology (or any) to influence what it is our government does in our name...... Back to polarisation for a second. Taking me as an example, I don't want a government that adopts all of the Tories policies (or any other party for that matter). Like most I hold positions that spread the political spectrum. I'd support the Green's on movement away from fossil fuels, Labour on scrapping tuition fees and the Tories on the economic plans, but alas when I vote I'm forced into supporting some polar end of the spectrum. In todays hyper connected world why can't we (the public - the ones democracy is designed to serve) be consulted on an ever growing number of issues. Why can't our collective voice be the mechanism that approves policy or sets the agenda rather than a faction of politicians? Thoughts? UL.