I've been doing some research of examples of nationalism. While doing this I also came across the various infamous 'racist bus/tram/train' links. I noticed that a lot of statements people made - about jobs/'Britishness'/etc - seemed a cringe-worthy. Cringe-worthy in that their exchanges generally lacked knowledge; knowledge on the mechanisms of the economy, the general liberal societal values most Western countries purport and anything relevant - such as jobs, the politics around it and what have you. (This was present with both parties, victim and none, were guilty; dependant on the video you watch.) I'd noticed this phenomena for some time now, and this seems political in nature. Do the - particularly the nationalist strata of society - British population have a general lack of knowledge; of politics*, how jobs come and go? By the populace I mean the ones who claim things like there aren't any jobs, or they're being taken etc. *Voting against the AV system to spite the LibDems is something that came to mind. Personally I voted for keeping FPTP, but that was because I actually knew the pros and cons of both. Would you say the educational secretary should do more to incorporate more economical and political knowledge into the national curricula? Like making them actual subjects as opposed to making a horrible subject such as GCSE Citizenship. Studying that made no sense and it just created a shock effect for people who held a particular view point - e.g. xenophobia - for way too long. Implying that such a reform should be applied earlier as opposed to the GCSE stage. Its not just the videos, a good deal of people I've met didn't even know how the political system work or how/why there really aren't jobs, the latter going for the easiest scapegoat. For me it seems rather odd that people can vote while usually uninformed of what they're voting for or the possible ramifications. I mean the Tory Party (correct me if I'm wrong) are carrying out things in their manifesto, a lot of the British public hate some of their changes, but they voted. That's one example, but you get the gist of it. So really I've touched on two socio-political issues: the knowledge the electorate has and the general knowledge of the public (in case the long wall-o-text got you bored ). I've never actually had an in-depth discussion with anyone about this. So I thought it be good to have a discussion about this and see what others think.