These days people in or near power can't wait to get our opinions so that they can take them seriously, says Graeme Smith. Or so it seems. But underneath the new cyber-Athenian democracy is a deeper crisis of representation with political and theological roots.
As the old joke goes, the way to confuse Daily Mail readers is to tell them that asylum-seekers are the natural enemies of homosexuals. This wouldn't have worked last week, when the Supreme Court ruled in favour of two gay asylum-seekers, giving the right-wing media the opportunity to go into full scaremongering mode, firing off prejudiced comments about two groups handily combined into one.