Smart politicians?

With all these profound changes - the Google-isation of the world's information, the creation of on-line social networks bigger than whole populations, the ability of new technology to harness the wisdom of crowds and the rise of user-generated content - we are seeing the democratisation of the means of production, distribution and exchange.

and later ...

We are used to people living in a particular place, or being employees of a particular company, or members of a trade union, or readers of a newspaper. We are used to being organised by others and having others speak on our behalf.

These on-line networks are different. People are organising themselves and speaking for themselves. And they are mobilising politically.

Shadow Chancellor George Osborne via Johnnie Moore

As I have said before I find myself overcoming my inherent skepticism about politics and getting excited about what it may become in the future.