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23 May 2013 | Ken Turbitt Blog
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Power to the People
This week Ken looks at why local and central government need to engage with social media and start listening to the people they serve...

  Ken Turbitt

Here in the UK we have been ready to debate the value of our union in Europe for some time. Whilst it all started out well in the 1970's as a method of cooperation when trading, it has now evolved into a giant monolith of administration, constraints, rules and legislation often preventing trade and competitiveness. The British tend to be one of a very few countries that actually adhere to new legislation and have suffered in health and safety overkill as a result while France simply ignores it and still trades without penalty.

According to a recent survey of European counties, results show that it’s not only the Brits that want to leave the European Union, others also want too, but the politicians continually fail to listen and act for the people they serve.

I'm beginning to think that social media and the ability to electronically engage in government policy will increase, as citizens awaken to the power they collectively hold in their hands. Traditionally politicians where there to represent the people that had no voice, but now that we have a collective voice, the relevance of these politicians representing the people is diminishing and becoming more apparent that they represent their own views and opinions and not those of whom they represent.

We need local and central government to start communicating with us through social media and us back to them. We could actually instantly vote via the Internet on local and national policies instead of the politicians doing it on our behalf. This way democracy would actually be democratic, by the people for the people.

As we start to see the European Union morph backwards into a trading union and away from a United States of Europe, we will also see each county being influenced more by the people and less so by the politicians otherwise we will blindly walk into a dictatorship.

Technology needs to be more secure and guarantee one vote for one person; if it can I believe we will finally see things’ happening in a different way in government than it does today. It could hail the start of something wonderful, or something very scary if the connected rule over the unconnected.

What do you think will happen over the next 10years in respect to European Union and people power?

Any feedback and comments are always welcome!


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