Instead of turning our back on our institutions we need to reform them
PR firm Edelman publishes an annual 'Trust Barometer' which measures the extent to which people in a couple of dozen countries in different parts of the world trust their major institutions, specifically government, business, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and the media.
The 2014 report was published in January and it found that the countries with the highest levels of trust in those institutions are the United Arab Emirates, China, Singapore and Indonesia. In each case more than 70pc of people trust their major institutions, including the government.
But note something those countries have in common; they are either mildly or very authoritarian. I mean that in two senses. The first is that they simply trust authority figures and think authority is extremely important.